Coronavirus cases among young adults on the rise in New Jersey

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Patrons arrive at Johnny Mac House of Spirits in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on the first day outdoor dining during the coronavirus outbreak on June 15, 2020.

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TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey is seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases in people between the ages of 18 and 29, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Tuesday.

In April, this age group made up 12% of the total cases. That number rose to 22% in June, Persichilli said.

Some of the cases could be attributed to increased testing access, but health experts remain concerned about the trend, especially following photos and reports of gatherings along the Jersey Shore and at a northern New Jersey bar over the weekend, Persichilli said.

While more young people appear to be asymptomatic or experience minimal symptoms, they can still spread the virus to more vulnerable populations.

The health commissioner also warned young people they are still vulnerable to COVID-19.

More than 640 people in the state between 18 and 29 years old have been hospitalized, she said, and over 50 people in that age group have died.

As of Tuesday, there were more than 169,700 cases of COVID-19 recorded in New Jersey. Over 12,900 lives have been lost to the virus.

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