The Bucks County Health Department has confirmed 14 COVID-19 cases traced to house gatherings at the Jersey Shore over Memorial Day weekend.
Health officials would not name the town in which the gatherings were held, but said they took place in Cape May County.
These new cases were announced about two weeks after the holiday weekend, which is the estimated incubation period of the virus, according to the CDC.
Director of the Bucks County Health Department, Dr. David Damsker, says although it is easy for people to let their guard down as restrictions are being eased, he reminds people to take the necessary precautions to stay safe.
“You can have a good time. You can go to the beach. You can do all the things you want to do, but you know, sit six-feet away from other people. Don’t share cups. Don’t share JUULs. Don’t share cigarettes.”
Dr. Damsker understands this is a very important issue, but recommends people attending these large gatherings practice social distancing to the best of their ability and to wear masks. He says Coronavirus spreads despite the causes people support:
“Coronavirus doesn’t care why you’re marching. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a concert. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a Coronavirus protest. It doesn’t care,” says Damsker.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is urging anyone who attends a protest to get a COVID-19 test after seven days.