The anatomy of Maine’s super spreader COVID-19 wedding

How a California couple’s 55-person reception in a rural town with no coronavirus cases left seven people dead and 177 others infected.

  • The California couple’s wedding in Millinocket, Maine in August led to a COVID-19 outbreak among guests that spread to a long-term care facility and jail
  • Fifty-five people attended the wedding and reception held at the Big Moose Inn on August 7
  • Health officials say at least 177 coronavirus cases have been linked to the wedding, including seven people who were hospitalized
  • A total of seven deaths have been tied to the outbreak. Four of the seven who were hospitalized died 
  • None of the people who died attended the wedding 
  • Maine health authorities launched an investigation into the wedding and subsequent outbreaks. The findings were published in a CDC report on Friday 

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