Sanford church linked to Millinocket wedding holds Sunday services after outbreak
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SANFORD (WGME) - Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford held two services on Sunday—just a day after the Maine CDC said there have been at least five confirmed cases among people affiliated with the church.

The Maine CDC said an investigation is underway to determine the extent of links to other outbreaks in York and Penobscot counties.

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The church is connected to the Millinocket wedding outbreak.

On August 6, Pastor Todd Bell tweeted he was "flying out to marry a couple in Northern Maine!"

Then on August 7, he tweeted a picture of Mt. Katahdin, at Baxter State Park in Millinocket, and said "Up North... marriage day."

That same day there was a wedding and reception in Millinocket linked to more than 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including one death.

The Maine CDC wouldn't confirm that Bell was at the wedding, but during a Tuesday briefing, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah did say the wedding officiant came from Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford.

WVII Reporter Nit-Noi Ricker: "Did you know there was a church member from a church in Sanford who officiated at the wedding in Millinocket? Did you know about that connection?
Dr. Nirav Shah: "Yes, we are aware of that connection."

Bell didn't respond to messages this weekend from CBS 13.

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During a service on Wednesday, posted on the church's YouTube channel, Bell talked about the virus and how it's moved through his congregation.

Many in our ministry have been sick, but to God be the glory, they're all getting better, and we're encouraged by that. Many of those that have experienced this COVID-19 have been released from their quarantines,and they're doing better.
It is our right before almighty God to meet, to hear preaching, to pray together, to worship the King together. It's our God-given right to do that., That's the truth I'm not going to sit around and be coward around and fall prey.

The CDC said anyone who attended services from August 9-23 were potentially exposed.

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Children who were at Vacation Bible School from August 10-14 were also potentially exposed.

Ongoing exposure is possible and the CDC said congregants should continue to monitor for symptoms.

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