TOMS RIVER, NJ – An unidentified man has been declared the source of 11 new COVID-19 infections in Bucks County Pennsylvania, according to the Bucks County Department of Health. On Saturday, the health department reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, one-third of them traced to a person who spread the virus at recent beach house gatherings at the Jersey Shore. The town was not identified in the release.
“Of the 33 new cases reported today, 11 have been traced to contact with a New Jersey resident who attended multiple house gatherings at the Shore during the past two weeks. One Bucks County case reported yesterday has also been traced to that individual,” said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department.
Damsker said there are likely to be additional infections among family members of the new cases.
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. He said it is especially important to wear face coverings when attending small gatherings involving people who are not members of 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,” 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.”
Bucks County’s new cases involved 19 household contacts, including those from the New Jersey gatherings, three residents or workers at long-term care facilities, three instances of pure community spread, two work contacts and one associated with a healthcare setting. Five of the infected individuals were not able to be interviewed today.