TRENTON, NJ – The State Health Commissioner has stern words for younger New Jersey residents who feel as if they are impervious to COVID-19.

In fact, residents 18-29 make up the fastest growing COVID-19 group in the state, State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing.

She said they will be one of the target audiences when the state rolls out a COVID-19 awareness ad campaign next week.

Sign Up for Morristown Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

“I want to especially emphasize to our young people that they are not invincible or immune to COVID-19,” she said.

The numbers bear her out.

In April, residents 18-29 made up 12% of the total COVID-19 cases. That number rose to 22% in June.

There have been 24,000 cases, 730 hospitalizations and 53 deaths from the coronavirus in the state in the age range

Persichilli referenced the sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in Westfield, where 17 new confirmed cases were reported in the first 17 days of July. Mayor Shelley Brindle said that 10 of those cases emerged over a three-day period. The spike came after almost two weeks of no new cases, Brindle said.

Persichilli said that it is believed that the cases in the Union County town stem from graduation and Independence Day parties.

She hinted at the fact that younger people who test positive for COVID-19 are sometimes asymptomatic. That means they could transmit the virus before getting their test results and infect others.

“People at any age can get sever illness from COVID-19,” she said. “We need all residents to continue to take precautions and not to just protect themselves but to protect all of us.”

 

Read More: Gov. Murphy 'Nervous' N.J. Could Be Affected By COVID-19 Surges In Other States

Read More: New Executive Order Requires Masks to Be Worn Outdoors When Social Distancing Isn't Possible

Read More: Application Period for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Extended to July 17

Read More: Morris County Surrogate Moving to Offer Fully Remote Services Starting in the Fall

 

Sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.TAPinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MorristownTAP/ and on Twitter at @MorristownTAP and on Instagram at @tapintomorristown