At least 20 rescuers on Long Beach Island (LBI), New Jersey, tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a party together, according to health officials.
Jonathan Oldham, mayor of LBI City Harvey Cedars, said the official was notified of the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday by the director of the LBI Health Department, according to NJ.com.
“I just heard they’re together, exactly where they are or what it is. I’m not sure, but I understand they were together at an event,” Oldham told NJ.com on Friday.
LBI Health officials said more than 20 rescuers had been infected.
Hill turned to the department to find out the exact number of rescue animals that were reported to be infected but were not immediately heard.
The mayor added that rescuers, about a dozen from each of Harvey Cedars and Surf City, would be quarantined and would not be able to work again without medical approval.
Health Director Daniel Kruppinski told the Philadelphia Public Radio station WHY on Friday that the department received reports of COVID-1
Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that New Jersey has seen a steady decline in new coronavirus cases over the past two weeks.
Despite encouraging trends, Oldham said he was concerned about the recent number of cases, encouraging residents to keep a safe distance and wear a mask.
The number of virus-related deaths rose slightly this week, according to a report Friday, with 36 new deaths, killing the state to 15,765.