A coronavirus outbreak at a Maine wedding held in August has been linked to the deaths of at least seven individuals.
None of the seven people who died were in attendance at the wedding, reports CBS News.
The wedding reception took place on Aug. 7 at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket. It has been linked to over 175 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.
The August event, which was indoors, violated state COVID-19 guidelines.
State officials have found connections between the wedding and other instances of coronavirus in other parts of the state.
One of these was an outbreak at a Madison rehabilitation center, where six of the seven linked deaths occurred.
“Maine CDC is concerned about where we are, and I'm asking everyone else to share in that concern. COVID-19, right now, is not on the other side of the fence. It is in our yards,” said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine CDC.
“The gains that Maine has made against COVID-19 are ones that could, and unfortunately can, be washed away,” Shah continued.
The Big Moose Inn previously released a statement when the outbreak was first reported.
“Our hearts go out to the family, those affected by the virus who were at the wedding, and those who have been impacted since then. There is no doubt that this virus is dangerous with wide-ranging impacts,” owner Laura Cormier said, per NBC News.
Experts say postponing your wedding during this crucial time is highly recommended. If this happens to you, wedding planners recommend that you pick a new wedding date in 2021.