Maine health officials have now attributed five deaths to a COVID-19 outbreak. An increase of two in the last 7 weeks, stems from 7 weddings and receptions in the Millincet area.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the fifth death on Sunday. Four of those five deaths occurred at the Maplest Rehabilitation and Living Center in the Somerset County city of Madison. Twenty-eight people have been infected with the virus at that facility.
Over the weekend, the state announced the death of two Somerset County women in their 80s due to COVID-19 complications. However, a spokesperson for the Maine CDC refused to say whether those women were Maplerest residents.
According to the Maine CDC, as of Sunday, 13 Maplerest residents and 15 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
The virus was introduced to the facility when a staff member contracted it to a parent who caught it from another child, who attended an August wedding in the Katahdin area.
Maplest is one of two secondary outbreaks tied to millinquette-area marriages. The other is in the York County Jail, where an employee involved in the wedding was brought back to prison, infecting 48 inmates and 18 employees, along with 17 household members of the prison staff, according to the Maine CDC.
More than 160 cases have been linked to outbreaks of marriage and reception.
The cause of the first death for that outbreak was an 88-year-old former Millinket who did not attend the wedding.