Virus Cases Are Rising in N.J., Spurred by Young Partygoers at the Shore

Virus Cases Are Rising in N.J., Spurred by Young Partygoers at the Shore

  • “The numbers are setting off alarms,” Gov. Philip Murphy said.

Coronavirus cases in New Jersey, which just a week ago had plunged to their lowest levels since the pandemic began, are rising again, fueled in part by outbreaks among young adults along the Jersey Shore.

As of Thursday, New Jersey had recorded an average of 434 cases per day over the last week, an increase of 35 percent from the average two weeks earlier, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. On Friday, there were 699 new coronavirus cases, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said.

“The numbers are setting off alarms,” Mr. Murphy said, adding, “We are standing in a very dangerous place.”

The increase has worried elected leaders and public health officials who say that young people who are enjoying summer parties are not taking enough precautions.