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Residents are angry after Maine wedding linked to 7 virus deaths: “We can’t go nowhere” – CBS News

A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus “superspreader” event that left seven people dead and 177 infected. Now, for the community and wider region, which had relaxed social-distancing rules introduced earlier in the crisis, the news was a brutal wake-up call.

“When we heard of the outbreak… everyone really hunkered down,” said Cody McEwen, head of the town council. “As soon as the outbreak happened, we completely closed the town again.”

Some of the residents were clearly angry at the event’s organizers — starting with the tavern, whose license was temporarily suspended.

“I don’t think they should have had the wedding. I think it should have been limited like they were supposed to,” said Nina Obrikis, a member of the Baptist church where the ceremony was held.

“We can’t go nowhere or do nothing,” she said.

The nuptials in early August were attended by 65 people, breaking the official limit of 50 allowed at a gathering.

A ceremony at a church was followed by a reception at the Big Moose Inn — both venues near the picturesque town of Millinocket, whose population numbers just 4,000.

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Eighty-seven coronavirus cases have been linked to a wedding at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket, Maine.

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Ten days later, two dozen people associated with the wedding had tested positive for COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Maine opened an investigation.

The officiant at the wedding, the Rev. Todd Bell of Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, joined several members of his congregation. About 10 of his congregants also have tested positive for the virus.

Bell continued to hold services in Sanford and bristled over attacks aimed at him on social media. In one sermon, he urged people to put their trust in God over government and questioned the wisdom of masks, likening their effectiveness to a chain-link fence trying to keep out mosquitoes, CBS affiliate WGME reported.  

An attorney for Bell said the church is encouraging congregants not to wear masks and face coverings are not required at the church’s school, Sanford Christian Academy, WGME reports.  

On a video, which is no longer public on YouTube, he said he’s been “reviled” because of the wedding. The National Center for Life and Liberty, which represents the church, says Bell and his family have received death threats, Maine Public Radio reported

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control,  said thatnone of the seven people who died had actually attended the wedding.

Contact-tracers linked the wedding to several virus hotspots across the state — including more than 80 cases in a prison 230 miles (370 kilometers) away, where one of the guards had attended the ceremony.

Another 10 probable cases were found in a Baptist church in the same area, while 39 infections — and six of the deaths — were at a nursing home 100 miles from Millinocket.

Maine Governor Janet Mills on Thursday issued a warning to the 1.3 million residents of the state.

Such flare-ups “threaten to undo the gains we have made at the drop of a hat,” she said.

“COVID-19 is not on the other side of the fence, it is in our yards.”

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Maine reports 31 new coronavirus cases, with 14 in York County – Press Herald

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York County has been the epicenter of COVID-19 spread in recent weeks.

Maine reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with nearly half – 14 –  occurring in York County, an area of several recent outbreaks. There were no additional deaths.

Meanwhile, in Cumberland County, Maine’s most populous county, only two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Thursday. After adjusting for previously probable COVID-19 cases that turned out to be negative, Maine had a net increase of 26 cases on Thursday.

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, will brief the media at 2 p.m. today.

Posters from the State Theatre letting customers know where they can find updates hang in the window of the now permanently closed Port City Music Hall in downtown Portland on Monday, August 31. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Since the pandemic began, Maine has tracked 4,760 cases of COVID-19, and 134 deaths.

Of the 23 new cases announced Wednesday, 14 were in York County, which is dealing with several active outbreaks that  Shah called “deeply concerning” on Tuesday.

York County’s seven-day rolling average of new confirmed cases hit an all-time high of 13 per day on Wednesday, a per-capita rate nearly quadruple that of Cumberland County and far and away the highest in the state. Last week, the state downgraded York County’s readiness for school reopening because of the elevated risk of virus transmission, making it the only Maine county that is classified as yellow rather green under the color-coded system.

Public K-12 schools opened in many parts of the state this week and other districts are preparing to welcome back students, at least part time, beginning next week. The state will monitor schools closely for any outbreaks.

The two most recent outbreaks occurred at the Sanford American Legion and the Lafayette Club in Sanford. Also recently, health officials have responded to outbreaks at York County Jail in Alfred, Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Seal Rock Health Care nursing home in Saco and the Sanford Fire Department.

The jail outbreak is directly linked to an Aug. 7 wedding and reception in the Millinocket area that has been connected to 158 cases and three deaths across the state as of Tuesday. A jail employee attended that wedding.

This story will be updated.


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Maine CDC reports 50 more cases of COVID-19 as total cases top 4,600 – WMTW Portland

ALL RIGHT, SOME GOOD NEWS THERE TED. THANK YOU. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE LATEST. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS RELEASED FROM THE MAINE CDC TODAY. THEY’RE REPORTING 50 NEW CASES TODAY FOR NEW TOTAL OF FOUR THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN. THE D

Maine CDC reports 50 more cases of COVID-19 as total cases top 4,600

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 50 additional cases of coronavirus on Thursday and no new deaths.The 50 additional cases bring the total in Maine to 4,617.A total of 133 Mainers with coronavirus have now died. A total of 3,988 Mainers have recovered from the virus, which is an increase of 10 over the past 24 hours.Active cases are at 496, which is a increase of 40 from Wednesday.MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA: Deaths: 133 Total cases: 4,617 Confirmed cases: 4,145 Probable cases: 472 Cumulative positivity rate: 1.89% 14-day positivity rate: 0.7% Patients recovered: 3,988 Active cases: 496 Currently hospitalized: 9 Patients in intensive care unit: 4 Patients on ventilators: 1Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDCCOVID-19 SYMPTOMSSymptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.COVID-19 RESOURCES: Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said. 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered. NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

AUGUSTA, Maine —

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 50 additional cases of coronavirus on Thursday and no new deaths.

The 50 additional cases bring the total in Maine to 4,617.

A total of 133 Mainers with coronavirus have now died.

A total of 3,988 Mainers have recovered from the virus, which is an increase of 10 over the past 24 hours.

Active cases are at 496, which is a increase of 40 from Wednesday.

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA:

  • Deaths: 133
  • Total cases: 4,617
  • Confirmed cases: 4,145
  • Probable cases: 472
  • Cumulative positivity rate: 1.89%
  • 14-day positivity rate: 0.7%
  • Patients recovered: 3,988
  • Active cases: 496
  • Currently hospitalized: 9
  • Patients in intensive care unit: 4
  • Patients on ventilators: 1

Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.

Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.

However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

  • Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said.
  • 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.
  • NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Maine CDC reports 1 new coronavirus-related death, 19 new cases – WMTW Portland

WE’LL GET TO YOUR FIRST CHECK OF THE WEATHER IN A MOMENT, BUT FIRST…LET’S TURN TO THE NEW CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS RELEASED FROM THE MAINE CDC EARLIER TODAY… á19á NEW CASES TODAY, FOR A NEW TOTAL OF 4- THOUSAND, 5- HUNDRED AND 67. ANOTHER PERSON HAS DIED, RAISING THE DEATH TOLL TO 1- HUNDRED AND 33. ACTIVE CASES DECREASING BY 15 TO 4-HUNDRED AND 5

Maine CDC reports 1 new coronavirus-related death, 19 new cases

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported one new coronavirus-related death and 19 additional cases on Wednesday.The 19 additional cases bring the total in Maine to 4,567.A total of 133 Mainers with coronavirus have now died. The new death was a person from Somerset County.A total of 3,978 Mainers have recovered from the virus, which is an increase of 33 over the past 24 hours.Active cases are at 456, which is a decrease of 15 from Tuesday.MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA: Deaths: 133 Total cases: 4,567 Confirmed cases: 4,100 Probable cases: 467 Cumulative positivity rate: 1.93% 14-day positivity rate: 0.7% Patients recovered: 3,978 Active cases: 456 Currently hospitalized: 11 Patients in intensive care unit: 6 Patients on ventilators: 1Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDCCOVID-19 SYMPTOMSSymptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.COVID-19 RESOURCES: Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said. 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered. NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

AUGUSTA, Maine —

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported one new coronavirus-related death and 19 additional cases on Wednesday.

The 19 additional cases bring the total in Maine to 4,567.

A total of 133 Mainers with coronavirus have now died. The new death was a person from Somerset County.

A total of 3,978 Mainers have recovered from the virus, which is an increase of 33 over the past 24 hours.

Active cases are at 456, which is a decrease of 15 from Tuesday.

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA:

  • Deaths: 133
  • Total cases: 4,567
  • Confirmed cases: 4,100
  • Probable cases: 467
  • Cumulative positivity rate: 1.93%
  • 14-day positivity rate: 0.7%
  • Patients recovered: 3,978
  • Active cases: 456
  • Currently hospitalized: 11
  • Patients in intensive care unit: 6
  • Patients on ventilators: 1

Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.

Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.

However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

  • Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said.
  • 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.
  • NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Maine CDC reporting 21 new cases of coronavirus, 7 more cases in Penobscot County – WABI

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) -The Maine CDC is reporting 21 new cases of coronavirus They’re reporting the most new cases in Penobscot County.

Maine CDC is reporting 21 new cases of coronavirus.

Maine CDC is reporting 21 new cases of coronavirus.(WABI)

The state total is 4,168. There are 417 active cases as of Sunday. 3,624 people have recovered. That number is up eight from Saturday.

There are no new deaths being reported Sunday, August 16th.

Looking at the cases county by county throughout the state, Penobscot County has the highest number of new cases with an additional seven being reported.

Penobscot County has the most new cases of coronavirus as of Sunday.

Penobscot County has the most new cases of coronavirus as of Sunday.(WABI)

There are 178 total cases and 39 active cases there right now.

There are four new cases in York County.

Cumberland county has three new cases and 197 active cases.

Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Waldo and Somerset Counties each have one new case a piece.

There are no new cases being reported in Piscataguis County where there are seven active cases being reported as of Sunday.

The Maine CDC is reporting two unknown cases right now.

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Maine CDC reports one death, 46 new cases of coronavirus – Press Herald

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday reported one death and 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing total deaths to 99 as other figures give the state’s leaders cautious optimism about the safety of reopening.

Total cases now have risen to 2,570, of which 2,295 have been confirmed by testing and another 275 are considered “probable” cases.

The person reported to have died Sunday was a woman in her 80s from Cumberland County, the Maine CDC said.

Subtracting numbers of people who have recovered – 1,864 – and died, there were 607 active cases on Sunday.

As Maine continues to reopen for business, its leaders are cautiously hopeful about statistics tracking the pandemic’s spread. Seven-day averages of daily new cases have fallen, as have positive testing rates for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Maine Medical Center in Portland has seen a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 patients, too, though many other hospitals statewide have remained flat in terms of coronavirus admissions.

Still, Maine has “a ways to go” before things are well under control, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said last week. Just under 5 percent of all tests for COVID-19 are coming up positive, a drop from previous months but still above rates in countries such as South Korea that have been a model for containing the virus.

Politics continued to shadow the pandemic response last week, as President Trump visited Maine on Friday to tour a Guilford factory that produces testing swabs. He clashed with Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, and demanded a quicker reopening of the state’s economy.

The president also declined to wear a mask, though the workers he greeted were clad in masks, gloves, hair nets and other protective gear. The company, Puritan Medical Products, told USA Today this weekend that swabs produced during Trump’s visit would be thrown away. It’s not clear why; the company did not respond to questions from the Press Herald.

Maine’s economy is tourism-dependent, raising concern about the state’s prospects as the normally lucrative summer months approach. But a budding sector, startup companies, also has seen significant disruption from the pandemic.

Startup founders in Maine say new business and new ideas usually germinate from the close contact and unexpected encounters found in large conferences and shared workspaces; without that, founders such as Justin Hafner of KinoTek, a company that combines virtual-reality technology and kinesiology, say they’re losing momentum.

County by county as of Sunday, there had been 367 cases in Androscoggin over the course of the pandemic, while Aroostook had 10, Cumberland 1,307, Franklin 36, Hancock 12, Kennebec 130, Knox 21, Lincoln 20, Oxford 31, Penobscot 101, Piscataquis one, Sagadahoc 30, Somerset 22, Waldo 52, Washington one, and York 427.

By age, 6.3 percent of patients were under 20, 14.4 percent were in their 20s, 14.8 percent were in their 30s, 15.2 percent were in their 40s, 17.4 percent were in their 50s, 12.7 percent were in their 60s, 9.4 percent were in their 70s, and 9.8 percent were 80 or older.

Women are still the majority of known cases, at 51.3 percent.

Maine’s hospitals had 34 total patients with COVID-19, of whom 15 were in intensive care and seven were on ventilators. The state had 202 available intensive care unit beds of a total 407, and 245 available ventilators of 316. Maine also had 441 alternative ventilators that breathe for patients with aggressive cases.

Around the world on Sunday evening, total case numbers topped 6.9 million, with more than 401,000 deaths. The United States had nearly 1.9 million cases and over 110,000 deaths.


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