New Bucks Coronavirus Cluster Traced To Jersey Shore

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Bucks County Director of Health Dr. David Damsker speaks at a coronavirus press conference.

A new cluster of coronavirus cases has popped up in Bucks County thanks to a single person at the Jersey Shore.

County officials reported 33 new cases Saturday. Eleven of them contracted the virus from one NJ resident at the beach. The individual had attended multiple house gatherings over the past two weeks.

County contact tracers also traced another case from Friday linked to these gatherings, for a total of 12.

Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker warns these new patients will likely spread the virus to their family members.

“This is exactly why we can’t let our guard down now, even if it feels `safe’ to be at the beach,” said Damsker. “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.”

Nineteen of the other individuals contracted coronavirus from a person they live with, also known as a household contact.

Three of the new positives came from long term care facilities. Another three were the result of community spread.

In all, 4,972 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Bucks County. Nearly 40 percent of them, or 1,941, have made full recoveries.