MADISON — The family of an 82-year-old Starks woman who contracted COVID-19 and died in connection to a wedding outbreak in the Katahdin region has hired an attorney.
Mary “Janey” Hughgill was living at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison when she was exposed to the coronavirus. She died on Sep. 3.
State health officials said the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Maplecrest killed seven people and is connected to a wedding and reception in the Millinocket area in early August.
Her family’s lawyer said people involved did not follow state guidelines for masks, social distancing and capacity.
“There are some folks who have made the choice not to follow those guidelines and that is what, that’s what got Mary sick. That’s what caused her to pass away. And I believe firmly in holding the people accountable who caused that to happen because this didn’t need to happen,” said Timothy Kenlan, the attorney representing Hughgill’s family.
The wedding was held Aug. 7 at the Tri Town Baptist Church in East Millinocket and the reception was at the Big Moose Inn on nearby Millinocket Lake.
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Nirav Shah has said Maplecrest, which is 100 miles away, was exposed when a wedding guest visited a parent who then was visited by another sibling who is an employee at Maplecrest.
The Maplecrest outbreak investigation closed on Oct. 22.