17 New Jersey rescuers tested positive for coronavirus

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HARVEY CEDARS, NJ – More than two dozen lifeguards from two New Jersey beach towns have tested positive for the coronavirus after being together socially, authorities have said.Officials said rescuers came from Harvey Cedars and Surf City, the neighboring boroughs of Long Beach Island.

Mayor Jonathan Oldham of Harvey Cedards said island health officials alerted the borough on Thursday and rescuers were being quarantined until they were cleared by medics. The Long Beach Island health director said WHY the guards were apparently together at two “social gatherings” earlier this month.

Harvey Cedars said on Saturday that 17 lifeguards, all of whom “attended a party in Surf City”, tested positive for COVID-19. The island’s health director said earlier that a dozen Surf City lifeguards had tested positive.

Harvey Cedars said on his website that he has 73 lifeguards and therefore “our beaches will remain fully equipped with all safety protocols in place. Surf City said its beaches “will remain protected from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily” but “adjustments can be made on a day-to-day basis to ensure the safety of all patrons and caretakers.”

New Jersey officials earlier announced more than 500 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths confirmed to be associated with the virus, bringing the total number of deaths associated with the virus in the state to 13,867.

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