“ And an individual who tested positive for the virus after a Maine wedding reception has died according to a statement Saturday from Robert Peterson, CEO of Millinocket Regional Hospital. At least 32 positive cases were linked to the August 7 wedding, CNN has previously reported.”
Another article I read about this said that there were 65 total guests in attendance. That’s nearly half of all in attendance catching Covid at the wedding! Stories like this make me hesitant to attend weddings for a while...
...And this is why I'm not particularly nice about those who don't like the restrictions.
This is very scary. A lot of my friends/family have had it, and I consider it a minor miracle that *no one I know directly* has died. (Friends have lost people, but this is starting to feel like a vulture circling, no lie.)
DH's cousin just eloped over Zoom, instead of having their wedding in October, because they don't want to put family at *more* risk (other cousin is a nurse, aunt is in healthcare, several of us are high-risk), and they live in SC. It was sad, because we all wanted to have a family road trip, but it was considered too dangerous.
I definitely question how safe they were at the wedding. Were mask and social distancing requirements? Was there hand sanitizer provided? Did they seat people by households? Did they have dancing? how big was their venue or was it outside? How many people were there? And lastly, were they in a city/hotspot or in a rural area? There’s a lot that comes into play with this. I hate hate hate that people got sick and someone died from the virus. I Have those questions because I know there’s people who take the virus extremely serious and won’t do anything outside of essential task, there’s people who take it seriously and follow state/county rules but will do more then just essential task, and then there’s people who think it’s a hoax and will not follow any guidelines at all. It’s definitely a difficult year all around.
Yeah, if you google anything along the lines of "Maine wedding Covid" you'll find a host of articles. Apparently there were 65 guests, which was a violation of the state's order capping events at 50. The fact that this wedding was NOT in a hotspot and resulted in half of the guests testing positive for Covid as a result of the wedding (and one person dying from it) is quite scary. Now they're counting 53 Covid cases associated with the wedding! It's all so sad...but this is also why I have declined all wedding invites through the rest of the year at the very least.
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Yikes!!! Hope this is a reminder for couples who don’t postpone to check/abide by their current state’s guest restrictions and require safety measures (masks, distancing, etc). Even still, quite scary. 😔
This goes to show that no amount of precautions can stop someone from getting sick, and they only work when people abide by them and even in that case it's luck of the draw. There's always someone who says the restrictions don't affect them, and they get upset when others choose to stay home instead of attending. Very sad that this happened but hopefully it's a lesson learned in what not to do.
This is why we decided to postpone. It’s not worth the risk.
If that's true that they broke the law, that's not great on them. Otherwise, I don't think anyone should carry blame for what happened. COVID is here to stay, and we may never have a vaccine. Everyone needs to manage their own risk and make sure not to violate others' ability to manage their own risk.
My sister is high risk, and last year she almost died from the flu (covid, of course, is more dangerous on average, but the risk *to her* is the same). She chooses to risk her life every winter to do things that are important to her, while skipping things that are less important. We also respect her boundaries: we don't see her when we are sick, we don't guilt her into coming to things, we are honest with her about where we have been and with whom. She was also very offended when I suggested not getting married until the pandemic had passed on her account. Being responsible during the pandemic doesn't require following the strictest personal protocol. It only requires following the law and being considerate. No bride or groom needs to carry the baggage of other people's risk.
This is why we postponed our wedding to next year and we are eloping in our backyard with just our parents. It's makes me upset seeing people go forward with their weddings knowing there's a pandemic happening. Even with proper safety measures it just isn't safe.