As officials continue to push preventative measures, such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing to keep infection rates low, they have also been outspoken in warning against large gatherings.
The wedding held in Millinocket on Aug.7 had about 65 guests, in violation of the state’s 50-person limit for indoor events, the Maine CDC said.
The event is linked to outbreaks that occurred in a nursing home and prison, both more than 100 miles away from the wedding venue, and between people who only had secondary or tertiary contact with a participant.
Residents of the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center have accounted for 39 marriage-related cases and six of the seven deaths so far, said Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah.
“The virus favors meetings,”
Despite such grim warnings, some 1,500 people descended on a New Jersey waterfront home depicted on MTV’s “Jersey Shore” Monday night, resulting in eight arrests, according to Seaside Heights police.
The event was organized by a group of YouTube pranksters, according to Seaside Heights police detective Steve Korman, and officials say they are now concerned about how to track possible infections among more than a thousand people.
Universities try to anticipate outbreaks
Outbreaks have broken out in colleges and universities, plaguing administrators working to contain the spread.
More than 50,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in colleges and universities across all 50 states.
Citing a significant increase in student cases, Colorado University of Boulder will move to a 14-day quarantine period for students living within the city, according to its website.
Two students were expelled and three suspended from the University of Missouri for violating rules that require successful students to isolate themselves and respect social distances.
The coronavirus could have been in the United States as early as December
Although outbreaks attributed to the coronavirus weren’t widely documented until spring, the virus may have circulated in the United States as early as December, about a month earlier than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believed, according to researchers from the U.S. ‘UCLA.
A study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found a statistically significant increase in clinical and hospital visits by patients who reported respiratory disease as early as the week of December 22.
The first known case of Covid-19 in the United States was thought to be a patient from Washington who visited Wuhan, China, according to the CDC. The case was reported in January.
But the number of emergency room patient visits for respiratory disorders, as well as the number of people admitted to hospital with acute respiratory failure between December 2019 and February 2020, have increased from records for the past five years. While the cases could stem from the flu, the numbers are staggering, Dr Joann Elmore told CNN.
Dr. Claudia Hoyen, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Cleveland Medical Center hospitals who did not work on the study, said she believes it is possible that Covid-19 may have been in the United States much earlier than originally expected. .
But Kristian Andersen, a professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research, disagreed.
“We know from the genetic data of SARS-CoV-2 that the pandemic started in late November / early December in China, so it is absolutely not possible that the virus has spread widely in December 2019. From the same genetic data we know that widespread transmission it didn’t start in the US until (approximately) February 2020, ”Andersen said in an email.
“The newspaper is picking up false signals and hospitalizations are more likely from flu or other respiratory illnesses,” Andersen wrote.
The return to normal is a long way off
Some officials are preparing for the coronavirus-altered lifestyle to continue for a while.
Boston will allow restaurants to continue using private outdoor and public spaces on streets and sidewalks to serve customers until December 1, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday. The practice was supposed to last until October 31st.
“We are trying to help our restaurants continue to use outdoor space for as long as possible,” Walsh said.
And although researchers are racing to have a vaccine ready in the new year, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, chief science officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva, said on Tuesday that the world may not be able to start thinking. to return to “pre-Covid” life until 2022.
Swaminathan, speaking to reporters during a virtual meeting hosted by the United Nations Foundation, said that 60% to 70% of the world population would need to have immunity before there is a drastic reduction in transmission of the virus.
“We are looking forward to 2022 at least before enough people start getting the vaccine to build immunity,” Swaminathan said. “So, for a long time to come, we have to maintain the same kind of measures that are currently being put in place with physical distances, masking and respiratory hygiene.”
Anna Sturla, Maggie Fox, Elizabeth Hartfield, Jennifer Feldman, Jaqueline Howard, Nakia McNabb, and CNN’s Gisela Crespo contributed to this report.