COVID-19 cases are on the rise along the Jersey Shore. Health officials in Long Island Beach, Ocean County say they saw an increase from the single digits to 31 reported infections in July.
“We’ve had, for lack of better terms, kind of a honeymoon. Here where everyone is back out without the restrictions and the only barrier we’ve had is the vaccine and we’re finding that that is not enough keep this pandemic at bay,” said Daniel Krupinski, health officer with Long Beach Island’s health department. Teen parties, reportedly in the Beach Haven section, are also being blamed for some of the most recent infections.
Monmouth County also has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases. Health officials are reminding people to continue to take precautions, including wearing face masks and social distancing when possible, regardless of their vaccination status.