A wedding in Maine is now linked to seven COVID deaths and 175 confirmed cases when their guest list only had 65 people.
Seven people have died since the wedding happened in early August, even though none of the seven people attended the wedding.
The couple only had 65 guests attend the wedding in a historic town, however, the wedding has now caused a major outbreak. The outbreak has now traced to 175 reported cases, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
State officials did issue the venue an “imminent health hazard” citation last month. Apparently there was an “error of interpretation” when it came to rules on capacity, but the venue did require employees to wear a face mask and increase cleaning.
The couple that married in Maine are not the only people that had a large gathering that caused outbreaks in a community. There was recently a motorcycle meet in South Dakota and a choir meeting in Washington that caused an outbreak.
According to the CDC, “The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.”
Therefore, the CDC recommends planning gatherings according to the number of cases in the area. If a state has a large number of cases, it is best to postpone events that require a large number of people.
The United States is currently number one in the amount of COVID-19 cases in the world, with 6.75 million cases and 198 thousand related deaths.