Three dead, 147 infected after COVID super-spreader wedding

In the radio segment that aired on August 6th, the wedding that Bell was going to officiate was of a couple he'd known since birth, and he was to be present at the rehearsal and perform the wedding the following day. None of them had attended the wedding.

Her 97-year-old husband, Frank Dentremont, who is a WWII veteran and the oldest resident of East Millinocket, was hospitalized at the same facility a few days later with COVID-19. The coronavirus cases spread as far as the York County jail in Alfred and a nursing home in Madson, both in York County, over 200 miles (322 kilometers) away from the Inn.

An indoor wedding in ME that violated local coronavirus-related ordinances on capacity is now responsible for at least three deaths and nearly 150 coronavirus infections, according to the state's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

By the last week of August, officials said they traced 53 cases of the coronavirus linked to people who attended the wedding in three separate ME towns.

The three individuals who have died due to the outbreak did not attend the wedding. "One outbreak can rapidly result in a number of extra outbreaks, particularly in an in depth geographic space".

Pastor Todd Bell officiated at the wedding.

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Local officials also linked the wedding to an outbreak at Maplecrest Rehabilitation & Living Center in Madison, Maine.

Ten people tied to Calvary Baptist Church have also tested positive.

At a sermon on August 30, Bell said people should have the liberty to choose whether to wear a face mask. "They want us to shut down, go home, and let people get used to that just long enough until we can finally stop the advancing of the Gospel".

Maine Gov. Janet Mills' executive orders limit indoor gatherings to 50 people.

About 65 people attended the August 7 reception at the Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground in Millinocket, about 70 miles north of Bangor, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said. Advertisement Disobeying local ordinances for public gatherings has had detrimental consequences in other parts of the USA as well. Eight residents and 11 staff there have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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