At a large “Beach Week” party held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it seemed that at least 100 young people from Loudon County, Virginia, were infected with COVID-19.
The large “Beach Week” party held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, seems to be the main source of the COVID-19 outbreak among young people in Loudoun County, Virginia.
County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend told WTOP on Tuesday: “Last week, the number of teenagers has increased” and tested positive for COVID-19. He added that the doctor of one of the patients hinted to officials about the possibility of Myrtle Beach. Travel is a factor.
“About 100 of us recently came to Myrtle Beach for a high school age-related trip,”
He said that Myrtle Beach itself also broke out.
Goodfriend addressed the public: “If you are part of this trip, please consider that you may have been infected.”
He said that if you have symptoms, please consider being examined. If this is not the case, but you are within 6 feet of any of these patients within 10 minutes, you should stay at home.
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“Stay at home; isolation. If you have close contact with these people, please isolate at home.” Goodfriend said. “Let’s keep this isolated outbreak despite the scale,”
A big leap among young people
Last week, the Louden County Department of Health found a significant increase in coronavirus positive testing among people aged 10 to 19 and 20 to 29.
A press release issued by the county government on Monday stated that in the last week, 150 people aged 16 to 18 were infected with the virus that caused COVID-19, and positive reactions occurred. More than half of the positive cases in the county came from under 29 years of age. Young man.
There are two relatively good aspects: Goodfriend said that for people of this age, contact tracking is not difficult.
He said: “Since they returned home, many of their contacts have been family members.”
“People at this age have a lower risk of serious complications,” which is also true, “good friends” said. Indeed, he did not know of any young patients who were hospitalized.
He said: “In other words, there is always such a risk.”
A good friend said that some children died of the virus, but also of the multi-system inflammation syndrome that occurred sporadically in New York at the peak of the outbreak and in Fairfax County.
He added: “The greater risk is that when they return home, they will pass the risk on to the more risky family members.”
Loudoun County reminds residents that large events (such as those that occur during the July 4 holiday weekend or summer beach trips) are more dangerous to residents than staying at home and mixing with a small number of people.
Goodfriend said the outbreak was a sign that despite the masks and social alienation work, it did not take much time to overthrow the progress of several months.
“As long as we can spread through the community… all the viral demand is that people stop taking these precautions in order to get the infection again. For us, this is a warning sign that it may come back at any time.”
Goodfriend said: “The safest place is at home, even if you can engage in more social activities, this does not mean that you need to do so.”
He concluded: “This reminds us how fragile our progress is.”
Kristi King of WTOP contributed to this report.
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