Beach House Partying Results in Coronavirus Spike in Bucks County
After the Jersey shore lifted restrictions for Memorial Day Weekend, many people migrated to these beaches to enjoy a change of scenery. However according to People Magazine, Bucks County, Pennsylvania reported 33 new cases, and 11 of those were traced back to Jersey Shore house parties.
Dr. David Damsker, Bucks County Health Director, said that these new cases were acquired from a New Jersey native that attended many of these beach house gatherings within the past two weeks. Although people are encouraged to go down the shore and the nice weather, Damsker wants “people to continue to take precautions — like wearing masks around people who are not members of your household — since the coronavirus has clearly not gone away.” Damsker also presumes that the family members of the 11 people will also contract the virus.
“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."
Of the 5,000 positive cases in Bucks County, 2,000 of those people have recovered. Bucks County will be entering the “yellow” phase with fewer restrictions and limits on gatherings.