FREEHOLD, NJ – Youth sports are being blamed for the uptick in Monmouth County COVID-19 infections, according to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
“I know that there has been a lot of talk about the recent uptick in COVID cases in Monmouth County and I would like to shed some light on these cases and the reasons they are occurring,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Monmouth County Health Department’s (MCHD) case investigations have determined the bulk of exposures are from youth athletic facilities, school sports practices and gatherings that occurred during Labor Day Weekend and almost half of the new cases are young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.”
Arnone said the return of school sports has been linked to the increase, but echoed other official statements that indoor dining has not lead to any increases in the spread of the virus.
“It is also important to note that MCHD has conducted a thorough review all the COVID-19 cases in the 29 towns they serve and no cases have been linked to restaurants or retail food establishments at this time,” added Freeholder Director Arnone.
Just last week, Governor Phil Murphy said youth sports have not played a role in an increase of infections statewide.