As officials continue to push for preventative measures, such as putting on masks and practicing social distancing to keep infection rates low, there have also been alerts against large concentrations.
The wedding held in Millinocket on Aug. 7 had about 65 guests, in violation of the state’s 50-person cap for covered events, the Maine CDC said.
The event is related to outbreaks that took place in a nursing home and in a prison, located more than 100 kilometers from the wedding venue and between people who only had secondary or tertiary contact with an attendee.
Residents at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center accounted for 39 marriage-related cases and six of the seven deaths so far, said Dr. Nirav D. Shah, CDC director in Maine.
“The virus favors meetings,” Shah added. “It doesn̵7;t distinguish between happy events like a wedding celebration or sad farewells like a funeral.”
Despite these bleak warnings, about 1,500 people descended on a New Jersey waterfront home that appears on MTV’s “Jersey Shore” Monday night and ended in eight arrests, according to Seaside Heights police.
The event was hosted by a group of YouTube pranksters, according to Seaside Heights police detective Steve Korman, and officials say they are now worried about how they will be able to track down possible infections among more than a thousand people.
Universities are trying to get ahead of the outbreaks
The outbreaks have been spreading to colleges and universities, and administrators have worked to contain the spread.
More than 50,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in colleges and universities in 50 states.
Citing a significant increase in cases among students, the University of Colorado at Boulder will move to a 14-day quarantine period for students living in the city, according to its website.
Two students were expelled and three suspended at the University of Missouri for violating rules that require students who test positive to isolate and comply with social distancing.
The coronavirus could have been in the United States as early as December
Although the outbreaks attributed to the coronavirus were not widely documented until spring, the virus may have circulated in the United States as early as December, about a month earlier than previously thought in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. according to UCLA researchers.
A study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found a statistically significant increase in visits to clinics and hospitals to patients who reported respiratory illness as early as the week of December 22nd.
According to the CDC, the first known case of Covid-19 in the U.S. was believed to be a patient in Washington who had visited Wuhan, China. The case was reported in January.
But the number of patient visits to emergency rooms for respiratory problems, as well as the number of people hospitalized with acute respiratory failure between December 2019 and February 2020, increased, compared to records for the past five years. While the cases may have been due to the flu, the numbers are remarkable, Dr. Joann Elmore told CNN.
Dr. Claudia Hoyen, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Cleveland Hospital Medical Center who did not work on the study, said she believes it is possible that Covid-19 was in the United States long before which he realized.
But Kristian Andersen, a professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research, disagreed.
“We know from SARS-CoV-2 genetic data that the pandemic began in late November / early December in China, so there is no way the virus could have spread widely in December 2019. “From the same genetic data we know that widespread transmission did not begin in the United States until (around) February 2020,” Andersen said in an email.
“The document picks up on false signals and is more likely to be hospitalized for flu or other respiratory illnesses,” Andersen wrote.
Returning to normal is far away
Some officials are preparing for the coronavirus-altered lifestyle to continue for a while longer.
Boston will allow restaurants to continue to use private and public outdoor spaces and sidewalks to serve customers through Dec. 1, Mayor Marty Walsh announced. The internship was to last until October 31st.
“We try to help our restaurants continue to take advantage of outdoor space for as long as possible,” Walsh said.
And while researchers are vying to have a vaccine ready for the new year, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, head of science at the World Health Organization in Geneva, said Tuesday that the world may not be able to start thinking about returning. in “pre-Covid” life until 2022.
Swaminathan, in statements to reporters during a virtual meeting organized by the United Nations Foundation, said that between 60% and 70% of the world’s population would need to have immunity before a dramatic reduction in virus transmission occurs.
“We are looking at 2022 at least before there are enough people to start getting the vaccine to generate immunity,” Swaminathan said. “Therefore, for a long time we need to maintain the same kind of measures that are currently being taken with physical distancing, masking and respiratory hygiene.”
Anna Sturla, Maggie Fox, Elizabeth Hartfield, Jennifer Feldman, Jaqueline Howard, Nakia McNabb and Gisela Crespo contributed to this report.