Coronavirus outbreak linked to church gathering in rural Maine

Another town in rural Maine is facing a coronavirus outbreak traced to a church gathering.

At least 17 cases have been linked to Brooks Pentecostal Church, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Saturday.

Anyone who attended a fellowship rally hosted by the church from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4 or has spent any time in the church or its affiliated school since is asked to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, the statement said.

Symptoms include a cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, or body aches, among others.

The Maine CDC has started contact tracing, the statement said.


Church officials could not immediately be reached Sunday afternoon.

The church is located in Brooks, a small town in Waldo County. As of Sunday, Waldo County had 112 cases of COVID-19, 14 deaths, and six hospitalizations during the pandemic, according to state data. Brooks town officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The outbreak comes after a summer wedding and reception in the Millinocket area became a super spreader event linked to eight deaths and more than 175 coronavirus cases.

On Sunday, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services reported 29 new coronavirus cases as of Saturday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 5,939. Maine’s death toll has remained at 146 since Oct. 14, according to the state.

Andrew Stanton can be reached at andrew.stanton@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewstanton.