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Maine CDC investigating COVID-19 outbreak at Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford

Anyone who attended services at the church from Aug. 9-23 or attended Vacation Bible School from Aug. 10-14 was potentially exposed

AUGUSTA, Maine — CORRECTION: The photo shown in story originally is outdated. The Calvary Baptist Church has since moved locations. 

The Maine CDC is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 among people affiliated with the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford.

As of Sunday, there are at least five confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving people connected to the church. An epidemiological investigation is underway, including determining the extent of links to other outbreaks in York and Penobscot counties.

Unconfirmed by the Maine CDC, this may be the most recent outbreak connected to a wedding in Millinocket that was determined to be the source of at least two other outbreaks across the state.

The pastor at the Calvary Baptist Church, Todd Bell, officiated the wedding.

On August 6, Bell tweeted: "Flying out to marry a couple in Northern Maine!" 

Maine CDC is notifying close contacts of confirmed cases. Anyone who attended services at Calvary Baptist Church from August 9 through August 23 or attended the church’s Vacation Bible School from August 10 through August 14 was potentially exposed. Ongoing exposures are possible so individuals affiliated with Calvary Baptist Church should monitor for signs and symptoms of the disease. Those who believe they may have been exposed to the virus and/or have symptoms of COVID-19 should call their health care provider to determine whether they should be tested.

In addition, people who believe they may have COVID-19 or could have been exposed to the virus, with or without symptoms, may get a test under the Department of Health and Human Services’ Standing Order. A list of sites providing tests under the DHHS Standing Order, which includes DHHS-sponsored swab and send sites that offer testing at no charge, is available on the Keep Maine Healthy website.

A comprehensive list of symptoms can be found here.

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