BUCKS COUNTY, PA — Health officials on Monday released additional information on a cluster of coronavirus cases in Bucks County that were traced back to a Memorial Day weekend gathering at a New Jersey beach house.
Bucks County health officials said 11 cases reported Saturday were traced back to a person who spread the virus at recent gatherings at a Cape May County beach house. The person had attended multiple house gatherings at the Shore during the past two weeks, officials with the New Jersey Department of Health said.
According to New Jersey officials, the beach house attendees were all college-age students. All the illnesses are described as mild at this time, health officials said.
"Contact tracing is ongoing to identify any further exposures in Bucks County and New Jersey. There could be additional illnesses identified; however, we are at the outer limit of the incubation period," the NJ Health Department said.
“We are gathering information to understand who was initial source of exposure that caused the outbreak,” said New Jersey State Epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan.
Bucks County Health Department Director David Damsker reminded the public to remain careful to take proper precautions in public, especially now that Pennsylvania has moved into the yellow phase and more businesses and activities are open.
"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."