WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A wedding celebration in Maine gathered 65 people in an indoor area, in excess of allowed state maximum of 50.
- The gathering has been linked to at least 53 confirmed coronavirus cases.
- Almost half of those cases consist of people who didn’t go to the wedding, according to the state’s CDC.
The State of Maine has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus infection in the US. But after a wedding reception exceeded the state’s limit of a maximum of 50 people at an indoor gathering, it recorded its second-highest infection rate at 53.
According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, not only did the attendees get infected but spread it to those who did not attend the reception and even killed one who got in close contact with a reception goer.
In fact, half of those who got the virus did not go to the reception. Contract tracing is still underway.
As Maine’s CDC director Nirav Shah said in a press conference, 4 days after the reception, most of the attendees started showing symptoms while 13% were asymptomatic. Their ages ranged from us young as 4 years old to as old as 78. Median age is 42.
This is not the first case of a coronavirus spread after a celebration gathering.
Although in this case contract tracing identified a single person who was responsible for the spread of the coronavirus. She infected at least five people at a birthday party in California with some even falling seriously ill.
In A Time’s report, Dr. David Lakey, former state health commissioner of Texas, said that “Contact tracing is the wrong tool for the wrong job at the wrong time.”
The New York Times even reported that contact tracing is not generally going well in the US because of the delays in test results. The infected persons may already have infected other people as they go out of their homes and not go on quarantine pending results. But in states with low infection rates like Maine, it could be appropriate.
Public health officials even told The Times that the resources spent on contact tracing should be spent in helping reopen schools and public education on preventive measures like mask wearing.
Source: Business Insider