Bucks County traces 11 new COVID-19 cases to Jersey Shore ‘house gatherings’

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Bucks County reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend — 11 of which were traced back to beach house gatherings at the Jersey Shore.

Through contact tracing, Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker said they linked the new cases to a New Jersey resident, who attended multiple gatherings at beach houses over the past two weeks.

Even though it may feel safe to be at the beach, Damsker said, “one unlucky exposure can lead to a large cascade down the line.”

Although they’re encouraging residents to get out and enjoy the warm weather, he said the county wants people to continue to take precautions — like wearing masks around people who are not members of your household — since the coronavirus has clearly not gone away.

Damsker said it’s likely that the family members of those 11 people will also become infected.

About 5,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bucks County since the virus first appeared. About 2,000 of those are confirmed to have recovered.

Bucks County entered the “yellow” phase of the governor’s reopening plan on Friday, along with the rest of southeastern Pennsylvania. Some restrictions are loosened in the “yellow” phase, like limits on large gatherings and business openings.