20 Teenagers Contracted COVID-19 at Middletown House Party Maybe More

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MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Governor Murphy’s hometown of Middletown is now home to one of the states latest COVID-19 outbreak clusters.  Middletown Health Department officials are now saying 20 teenagers who attended a house party on West Front Street on July 11th have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The cases may be related to a house party that allegedly occurred on or about July 11th on West Front Street,” the Health Department said.

The department says they are trying to use contact tracing to see who else has been exposed, but few are cooperating with their effort.

The Middletown Township Department of Health and Social Services is currently investigating a cluster of approximately 20 COVID-19 cases in young adults ages 15 to 19. The cases may be related to a house party that allegedly occurred on or about July 11th on West Front Street. If you think your child may have attended such a party or participates in sports or any other group activity that may have included anyone potentially exposed, please ask them to self-quarantine for 14 days to monitor for signs and symptoms. If they become ill, they should self-isolate and contact your family physician.

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“We encourage you to have your child tested for COVID-19. The Department is conducting contact tracing in an attempt to better track and narrow down the extent of the cluster we are seeing. Unfortunately, responsiveness has been less than satisfactory, with many refusing to answer our questions,” the department said.

It is imperative that everyone cooperate in this potentially serious matter as we continue to fight this virus. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Health Department at 732-615-2000 x2165 or email questions to covid19@middletownnj.org . You can also visit covid19.nj.gov for additional information and resources.

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