11 New PA Coronavirus Cases Traced To Jersey Shore Gathering
BUCKS COUNTY, PA – Eleven new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania were traced to a person who spread the virus at recent beach house gatherings at the Jersey Shore, officials announced this weekend.
The New Jersey and Bucks County health departments are investigating COVID- 19 exposures that occurred on Memorial Day weekend at a gathering at a house in Cape May County.
The attendees were college-age students, and the illnesses are mild at this time, according to the state Department of Health.
Contact tracing is ongoing to identify any further exposures in Bucks County and New Jersey. There could be additional illnesses identified; however, the DOH says, the cases are “at the outer limit of the incubation period.”
“We are gathering information to understand who was initial source of exposure that caused the outbreak,” said New Jersey State Epidemiologist Tina Tan.
The Bucks County, Pa. Department of Health on Saturday reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, and 11 were traced to contact with a New Jersey resident who attended multiple house gatherings at the Jersey Shore during the past two weeks.
One Bucks County case reported on Friday has also been traced to that individual, said David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department.
On May 14, Murphy announced that New Jersey beaches will reopen and he issued guidelines and rules amid the coronavirus outbreak. He placed a 25-person limit on gatherings, but he said that people should still remain 6 feet apart, unless they’re with family. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ Beaches Will Reopen Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Damsker said there are likely to be additional infections among family members of the new cases.
Damsker reminded the public to remain careful and to take proper precautions in public, saying it’s especially important to wear face coverings when attending small gatherings involving people who are not members of the same household.
“This is exactly why we can’t let our guard down now, even if it feels `safe’ to be at the beach,” Damsker said in a release. “One unlucky exposure can lead to a large cascade of cases down the line. We want everyone to enjoy the warmer weather and have fun, but let’s keep in mind that COVID is still circulating in the community at baseline levels.”
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