COVID-19: Officials warn against large gatherings, indoor parties amid virus transmission among young people
State officials rebuked a group of YouTube influencers whose appearance in Seaside Heights on Monday, Sept. 14, drew 1,500 young adults, many without masks, and required several different police agencies to break it up.
Murphy and Ed Lifshitz, director of the communicable diseases service of the state Health Department, said the state is not aware of any reports of in-school transmission.
The 19-24 age group now has the highest percentage of positivity of COVID-19 in the state, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said at today’s briefing.
Since the start of the pandemic on March 4, the numbers have declined drastically from their peak in April, when there were daily reports topping 4,000 positive new cases, 8,000 hospitalizations and 400 new deaths, including 72 deaths probably due to the virus, in one day.
The number of New Jerseyans seeking new unemployment benefits has spiked, reversing a two-week decline in new weekly claims.