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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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Residents report seeing string of lights in sky above west suburbs, Indiana – WLS-TV

Did you see a string of lights in the sky? You’re not alone, and here’s what it might be.

Residents in Will County and Indiana reported sightings of a trail of lights in the sky Sunday night.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis said the reports seen at about 10:10 p.m. ET are most likely SpaceX Starlink satellites.

NWS said the satellites “often travel in a group as a straight line.”

Reports of a string of lights seen in the sky at about 10:10 PM EDT are most likely the Starlink satellites, which often travel in a group as a straight line. #inwx

— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) April 27, 2020

The Joliet Weather Center told residents who spotted the lights not to panic.

“It was just the SpaceX Starlink Internet satellites passing over,” the center said on Twitter Sunday.


Did you see odd lights in the sky just after 9:00pm? Don’t panic – it was just the SpaceX Starlink Internet satellites passing over.

— Joliet Weather Center (@JolietWeather) April 27, 2020

Elon Musk’s space venture launched another batch of its Internet-beaming satellites into Earth’s orbit Wednesday, continuing the company’s push to create a multibillion-dollar telecom business, CNN reported.

The 60 Starlink broadband satellites rode atop one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, taking off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Wednesday at 3:30 pm ET. The devices are now coasting through orbit, where they will soon begin climbing to about 340 miles above ground, their operational altitude. This launch brings the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to more than 400.

SpaceX has said the satellites will allow it to beam Internet directly to terminals that consumers will set up at their homes or offices. Service is expected to roll out in the United States and Canada this year, CEO Elon Musk has said. The company plans to eventually grow its constellation to more than 40,000 satellites, blanketing the entire planet in cheap, high-speed Internet connectivity.

If you’re interested in spotting the satellites yourself, ABC7 Meteorologist Phil Schwarz said you should be able to on clear nights into the end of May.

“They should be fairly visible to the naked eye as long as we have clear skies,” Schwarz said.

CNN contributed to this report.

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