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Recent Jersey Shore Gatherings That Led to COVID-19 Infections Show How Easily the Virus Can Spread

On Saturday, June 6, Pennsylvania's Bucks County reported 33 new COVID-19 cases. Of those, 11 — or one-third — of these cases were traced back to a person who had spread the virus at recent Jersey Shore beach house gatherings. Another case reported on Friday, June 5th was also traced back to the same person: a New Jersey resident who over the course of two weeks went to several house gatherings at the Jersey Shore.

In a press release, Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department, reminded residents that it is still important to wear face coverings when attending small gatherings with people not in 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," Dr. 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."

Dr. Damsker said there are likely to be additional infections among family members of the new cases.

Read the full release here.

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