'Mini surge' of coronavirus among Greenwich teens blamed on house parties

Source: The Hill | July 31, 2020 | Rachel Scully

One of the wealthiest communities in the country is experiencing a sharp uptick in coronavirus cases after several house parties involving teenagers and young adults, The New York Times reported Friday.

After weeks of lockdown, high school graduates in Greenwich, Conn., attended get-togethers in mid-July, according to accounts from students and school officials. Now, two weeks later, the town is undergoing what health officials called a “mini surge” of cases.

More than 20 people between the ages of 16 and 21 have tested positive for the virus in the town, with more expected as testing continues, according to Greenwich health officials.

Statewide, more than 49,000 people have tested positive for the virus with more than 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Connecticut has one of the lowest daily case averages in the country, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) on Tuesday warned residents to stay away from large clusters of people.

“Connecticut has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country right now,” he said in a statement. “But if we are not careful, this can change rapidly.”

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