CNY wedding linked to coronavirus cases, deaths; venue’s license suspended

A wedding in Central New York has been linked to a cluster of coronavirus cases and three deaths.

The Rome Sentinel reports more than 100 people attended a wedding reception at the Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills on Aug. 29. A number of those people also attended the wedding ceremony held at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads, in Chemung County, before gathering at the Mohawk Valley golf course, according to WIBX.

The crowd at the reception was twice the amount allowed by the state, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Guests were not required to wear face masks, no hand sanitizer was made available, and chairs were spaced just two feet apart, not allowing for social distancing.

“Most worryingly, the licensee reportedly failed to close off, clean and disinfect areas that had been inhabited by a person later confirmed to test positive for Covid-19,” Cuomo’s office said.

The New York State Liquor Authority suspended the liquor license for the banquet facility at Twin Ponds earlier this week. Spectrum News reports the venue, located in Oneida County, could also face fines up to $10,000.

“Cooperating is not going to harm anyone. Not cooperating can,” Oneida County Health Director Phyllis Ellis said at a press conference Wednesday.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said that records of attendees were not kept but the wedding has been linked to at least 45 positive cases of Covid-19 and three deaths. Five positive cases came out of the wedding/reception on Aug. 29, and the number quickly grew.

WIBX reports the deaths and most of the cases are confined to Chemung County. The Southern Tier county currently has 88 positive cases of COVID-19 and nearly 300 people in quarantine.


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