A big “beach week” in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, seems to be the place where at least 150 young people from Loudoun County of Virginia contracted COVID-19.
A large “week on the beach” meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, appears to be the place where at least 150 young people from Loudoun County of Virginia have contracted COVID-19.
In the past week, the Loudoun County Department of Health has experienced a significant increase in positive coronavirus tests among people between the ages of 10 and 19 and 20 and 29 and 29 years old.
A county press release on Monday said that 150 people aged 16 to 18 tested positive for the virus causing COVID-19 in the past week, and more than half of the county̵
County health director Dr. David Goodfriend said that the young people who call the Northern Virginia county home probably spent more time in large groups.
He said that “many teenagers and young adults are increasingly participating in activities involving large gatherings of people, such as week on the beach and other celebrations, which has increased their exposure to others outside their families.”
NBC Washington, a partner of the WTOP, said that Goodfriend refers to a Loudoun County Beach Week event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, responsible for about 100 of the positive cases.
Goodfriend said that speaking with the infected and their doctors, the health department determined that hundreds of students had made the trip together.
Loudoun County has seen a large increase in young people contracting COVID-19. In the past week, more than half of its 383 positive cases are under 30 years old. Loudoun Co.’s health department says many young people have recently been infected after traveling to Myrtle Beach. (@ wusa9) pic.twitter.com/obEhGCvzSP
– John Henry (@JohnHenryWUSA) June 29, 2020
“And there could be even more out there,” he told NBC4.
The county’s message to its residents remains familiar: young people may feel “invincible,” said Goodfriend, but the risk is when they mingle in the community in general, collect the virus and take it home, where they could expose more vulnerable, older people. relatives.
The county reminded its residents that large events, such as those that occur during the July 4th holiday weekend or during the summer beach holidays, pose a greater risk to residents than staying at home and mingling with smaller groups of people.
Goodfriend asked healthy teenagers and young people to stay alert and continue to do their best to prevent the virus from spreading to the community.
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