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Jun 08, 2020

Memorial Day Party at the Jersey Shore Linked to 11 New Pennsylvania COVID-19 Cases

A Jersey Shore gathering threatens Pennsylvania residents. The Bucks County Department of Health reported 33 new cases of COVID-19, 11 of which have been traced back to the Jersey Shore.

It has been previously reported that the 11 cases are traced back to a house party that took place at the Jersey Shore. The name of shore town at which the party was hosted has not yet been released.

These 11 cases have been traced to contact with a New Jersey resident who attended multiple house gatherings at the shore over the past two weeks. One case in Bucks County has been reported to be linked to the same individual, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department.

Bucks County is north of Philadelphia on the eastern border of Pennsylvania. According to CNN.com, the exposures occurred in Cape May County over Memorial Day weekend.

Damsker presumes that there are additional infections among family members of the new cases.

“This is exactly why we can’t let our guard down now, even if it feels ‘safe’ to be at the beach,” Damsker said. “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.”