A 55-person wedding in a town in Maine ended up giving half its guest Covid19, which ultimately led to an outbreak of 177 cases and 7 deaths.
Maine had a 50-person limit for these types of events but the guests reportedly did not wear masks or observe social distancing rules.
Temperature checks were also done upon entrance, but many people with Covid19 do not report experiencing fevers.
A guest reported symptoms the day after wedding and led to 27 of 55 wedding attendees eventually getting diagnosed with Covid19. Staff at the venue contributed three more cases to the list.
The outbreak spread even further with 27 more cases popping up in the local community, two of which were found at a school. The school had to be closed down for two weeks.
Another wedding guest visited a parent, a healthcare worker, who shortly exhibited symptoms. Despite this, the parent continued work at the long-term care facility where he worked before getting tested. This resulted to an outbreak of 38 cases among staff and residents. Of this number, six died. None were attendees.
Yet another guest reported symptoms a week after the event, but went on working—while symptomatic—in a correctional facility 200 miles away from the venue. This led to 18 more cases in staff, 48 in inmates and 16 in additional household contacts. No deaths were noted.
The very first case is believed to be someone who attended a different wedding last August 7, before reporting Covid19 symptoms the following day.
Weddings are among a variety of events considered to be super-spreader events.
The US now has breached 11 million coronavirus cases, one of the highest in the world.
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