MADISON — The most recent victim of a deadly COVID-19 outbreak tied to Aug. 7 nuptials in East Millinocket and a reception on nearby Millinocket Lake is another resident in town at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the death toll at Maplecrest is now seven and, as of Tuesday, the total number of cases associated with the wedding is now 177.
“You know, it’s one thing if you’re together with your own family and you know who people have been around. But when you get into a large group like that you’re asking for trouble and they got it,” said Maplecrest volunteer Wanda Kranz.
An 88-year-old woman from East Millinocket who did not attend the wedding was the first to die.
A Maine CDC official said Tuesday the death Sunday of an inmate at York County Jail, where there have been 84 confirmed COVID-19 cases, is not related to the virus.
York County Commissioners voted to stop accepting inmates earlier this month.
“We have authorized the retention of an independent investigator and look forward to a thorough and comprehensive review of this matter, including when, how, and why the outbreak occurred and the nature and extent of the COVID-19 protocols that were employed at the jail,” said Michael Cote, chairman of the York County Commissioners.
Some officials have said masks at the jail were suggested but not required before the outbreak.
The York County Jail outbreak includes 48 inmates, 18 jail staff, one individual who works in the building, and 17 household members of employees.
One of those household members is Lacey Bailey, a mother of three who is married to a corrections officer. Both parents caught COVID-19.
“I am still physically tired and mentally exhausted but definitely better,” Bailey said Tuesday in a text. She addd she and her husband are currently “catching up from the month we were down.”