20 Teens Test Positive for Coronavirus After Attending House Party

July 23, 2020

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — Health officials in New Jersey are investigating a cluster of about 20 coronavirus cases all linked to a house party.

    Middletown Township's Department of Health and Social Services is looking into the cases which have occurred in teens ages 15 to 19 after a house party that occurred on July 11 on West Front Street.

    Health officials are asking parents who think their children may have attended or has interacted with anyone who did to self-quarantine and monitor for signs and symptoms, but said they are running into resistance while trying to track the cases.

    Responsiveness has been "less than satisfactory, with many refusing to answer our questions," health officials said."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," the Middletown health department said in a statement. "If they become ill, they should self-isolate and contact your family physician. We encourage you to have your child tested for COVID-19."

    Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said "You're not in any trouble, but we want to break the back of this infection. And if we can get that contact information and get some details, we are then able to contact those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus."

    Officials also urge parents who host gatherings to do so responsibly.

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