BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There have been five new Berkeley Heights COVID-19 cases reported this past week in young adults. Contact tracers in Berkeley Heights find that travel is the reason for the infection – either to the Jersey Shore or to out-of-state hotspots, according to a News 12 NJ article.

The State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli has stern words for younger New Jersey residents who feel as if they are impervious to COVID-19. “I want to especially emphasize to our young people that they are not invincible or immune to COVID-19,” she said.

In fact, residents 18-29 make up the fastest growing COVID-19 group in the state, Persichilli said during a COVID-19 news briefing. She said they will be one of the target audiences when the state rolls out a COVID-19 awareness ad campaign. 

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“Whether you’re 19 or 29 or 49, you have to mask up, social distance,” said Mayor Angie Devanney in the News 12 NJ article. “I think with the warmer weather, people are just naturally relaxing, and they’re forgetting to mask up,” she said.

As of July 26, 2020, Berkeley Heights has 11 active cases reported -- six in the "vulnerable population institutions" and five community cases. There are 289 total cases reported since the start of the pandemic [279 closed cases include 130 Long Term Care recovered, 55 Long Term Care deaths and four Berkeley Heights resident deaths].

The Union County COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Kean University is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The center is open to all county residents with or without symptoms. In addition, testing is available to all first responders and healthcare workers in New Jersey. No prescription is required. Appointments are required and can be made by clicking here.