According to the state 's highest health official, three persons were diagnosed with Covid-19 and 46 others contracted the coronavirus during a communion service at a church in a small town in Maine.
The Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah said at a news conference Thursday that a total of 49 cases have been related to an outbreak at the Brooks Pentecostal Church in Waldo County.
"Over the next few days, we expect that number to rise," Shah said.
The Lighthouse Christian Academy, a church-affiliated school on their land in the town of Brooks, is involved with seven of the incidents.
On Facebook, the pastor of the church shared his sorrow about the epidemic.
Only M.W. Before the first positive result was released, Shaw added that church leaders were taking quarantine procedures.
"Though the origin of the virus is unclear, we will be addressing all recommendations and guidelines provided to us by the CDC," Shaw wrote. "Our church will be addressing our continuity of worship in a safe and orderly manner."
Bayview Manor, a residential care facility in nearby Searsport, also has one case connected to the outbreak, Shah said. The individual is a staff member and investigators are trying to determine whether there has been virus transmission at the facility.
Chad Cloutier, CEO of facility operator DLTC Healthcare, denied that the case was related to the outbreak and said that the facility had tested all residents and staff Sunday, immediately after learning an employee had tested positive. All results came back negative, Cloutier said.