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Pennsylvania health officials are calling for caution after Jersey Shore beach parties have resulted in 12 new coronavirus infections in Bucks County in the past two weeks. These cases all seem to have been traced back to one New Jersey man, who attended a party in Cape May County over Memorial Day weekend, and has presented to several others since.
“This is exactly why we can’t let down our guard now, even if it seems” safe “to be at the beach,” said director of the Bucks County health department, Dr. David Damsker, adding that he expected more infections among family members of the revelers. “Unlucky exposure can lead to a large cascade of cases across the board. We want everyone to enjoy the warmer weather and have fun, but keep in mind that COVID continues to circulate the community at reference levels. ”
According to NJ.com, the new infections have occurred in “college-aged students”, all of whom have “mild” cases. Contact tracing is underway and New Jersey State epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan said the health service “was gathering information to understand who was the primary source of exposure that caused the epidemic. “
It is currently unknown whether the New Jersey patient was symptomatic at the time of the party, although the World Health Organization now believes that asymptomatic transmission of the virus can be “very rare”. Yet health experts have warned that too early relaxation of social distancing guidelines could lead to a resurgence of coronavirus cases, and since Memorial Day, new infection rates appear to be increasing in many parts of the country. country. New Jersey – whose leaders recommended but did not require the use of masks as they began to reopen beaches – was far from the only state to see large crowds congregating in public spaces . Perhaps you remember the scene at this bar in the Lake of the Ozarks on May 23? Hm, yes, scary. And maybe a little too early to lock up so many bodies in such close quarters.