SUMMIT, NJ - As July drew to a close, the City of Summit was notified of one new case of COVID-19 in Summit by the New Jersey State Department of Health. Summit's total number of cases since the pandemic began now stands at 227.

Summit concluded July with 12 total new cases of the virus, just one case more than the 11 confirmed in the previous month. The 56 total cases confirmed during the three-month period beginning May 1 through July 31 is less than half of the 140 cases confirmed during April -- the peak spike of the pandemic.

Despite the positive trends, Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone, speaking at the July 28 Summit Common Council Meeting, said that middle-aged and older people have modified their behavior while young adults, on the other hand, begin with good intentions but then fail to consistently follow through with social distancing and mask-wearing.

According to Avallone, half of July's confirmed cases were young adults ages 17-21.