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Maine wedding reception now linked to deaths of 7 people who didn't attend

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   Negativity   70.00%
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None of the seven people who have died attended the wedding, CBS affiliate WABI reported.The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket is linked to more than 175 confirmed cases of the virus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.Maine authorities have identified overlaps between the wedding reception and outbreaks elsewhere in the state. Maine health officials have also said an outbreak at a Madison rehabilitation center, which is the site of six of the seven deaths, is connected to the wedding because an employee of the facility lives in the same household as a person who attended.The virus cases stemming from the wedding have spanned hundreds of miles in a state that had largely controlled the spread of the coronavirus through the summer. Neither Bell nor the attorney working with the church, David Gibbs of Florida, personally responded to a request Tuesday for comment.Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said the agency's investigations suggest "multiple potential points of transmission related to the August 7 wedding and reception." The agency is working to limit the spread of the virus and support people affected by it, he said.Shah said the state's percent positivity rate has ticked up to 0.63% for the previous seven days.

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