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“When we heard about the outbreak … everyone really hunkered down,” said Cody McEwen, the head of the city council. “As soon as the outbreak occurred, we closed the city again completely.”
Some residents were clearly angry at the organizers of the event – starting with the inn, whose license was temporarily suspended.
Nina Obrissis, a member of the Baptist Church, said, “I don’t think they should have been married. I think they should have been limited”
“We can’t go anywhere or do anything,” she said.
The wedding ceremony, which took place in early August, was attended by 65 people, who broke the official limit of 50 in a gathering.
Following a ceremony at the church, a reception was held at the Big Moose Inn – both locations near the picturesque town of Millinket, which has a population of just 4,000.
Ten days later, two dozen people related to the marriage tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Maine.
Abusive in marriageThe Rev. Todd Bell of Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, joined several members of his congregation. About 10 of his circles have also tested positive for the virus.
Bell continued his services in Sanford and put an end to the attacks on him on social media. WGME, an affiliate of CBS, said that in a sermon, he urged people to put their trust in the government and questioned Mask’s intelligence, affecting his effectiveness on the chain-link fence.
An attorney for Bell said that churchgoers are encouraging people not to attend church and face covering is not required in the church’s school, Sanford Christian Academy, WGME reports.
On a video, which is no longer public on YouTube, he said that he has been “modified” due to 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.
Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, Dr. Nirav Shah said that out of the seven people who died, one actually attended the wedding.
Contact-trainers linked the wedding to several virus hotspots across the state – including more than 80 cases in the 230-mile (370-kilometer) prison where one of the guards attended the ceremony.
Another 10 possible cases were found in a Baptist church in the same area, while 39 infections – and six deaths – occurred in a nursing home 100 miles from Millinket.
Maine Governor Janet Mills issued a warning on Thursday to the state’s 1.3 million residents.
Such horrors “we threaten to reduce the gains made at the drop of a hat,” she said.
“COVID-19 is not on the other side of the fence, it is in our yard.”