December 6, 2022

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Without guest list, Maine CDC likely undercounted cases linked to Aug. 7 wedding

The first sign that the coronavirus had been spreading at an Aug. 7 wedding reception on Millinocket Lake came just one day after the event, when a Maine resident who was at the reception developed a fever, runny nose, cough and fatigue.

Over the coming week, a total of 24 people who attended the reception tested positive for the virus. From there, the outbreak continued to infect people all over Maine, including in a Somerset County nursing home and, more than 200 miles to the south, at the York County Jail.

Eight people died in connection with the event, and seven were hospitalized, none of whom actually attended.