Lifestyle Health Maine Wedding Linked to 53 Coronavirus Cases Results in Death of 1 Woman Who Did Not Attend There were 65 people in attendance, a violation of the state's indoor gathering limit of 50 people By Julie Mazziotta Julie Mazziotta Twitter Associate Editor, PEOPLE Health People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 25, 2020 12:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Wedding chairs. Photo: PBS A wedding in Millinocket, Maine, that violated the state’s limit on indoor gathering size is now linked to 53 cases of COVID-19 and one death, state health authorities said. The wedding, held Aug. 7 at Big Moose Inn, had 65 attendees, which is above the state’s limit of 50. COVID-19 spread among the guests — and later, among others who did not attend the wedding. The Maine Center for Disease Control initially reported on Aug. 17 that the wedding had led to 24 infections. On Saturday, the CDC said that the number of infections was now up to 53, with 30 cases in people who attended the wedding, 13 secondary cases and 10 tertiary cases, meaning people who were close contacts of secondary cases. The infected people range in age from 4 to 98. 24 People Infected with Coronavirus Linked to Maine Wedding Reception On Friday, a woman who was not at the wedding but was infected by someone who had attended died from the virus, health authorities said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family as they cope with this difficult loss,” the head of Millinocket Regional Hospital, where she was treated, said in a press release shared on Facebook. Millinocket, Maine. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty The Maine CDC cited Big Moose Inn for an “imminent health hazard” and is investigating further to see if guests were wearing masks, as well as whether Big Moose Inn required them as mandated by the state’s COVID-19 regulations. UNC-Chapel Hill Pivots to Remote Learning 1 Week After Classes Start as Coronavirus Cases Soar There is no financial penalty for the citation, but there may be if the Maine CDC discovers further violations. The health agency warned against holding weddings during the pandemic. “Social gatherings such as weddings and receptions pose an elevated risk for virus transmission. The possibility of COVID-19 transmission increases as the number of attendees increases, even when some attendees are indoors and others are outdoors,” they said. As of Tuesday, at least 4,356 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maine and 131 people have died. In the U.S., more than 5,754,100 have been infected with the virus and at least 177,198 people have died. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.