NEW JERSEY — As people across the nation celebrated the Fourth of July, many states were seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Now, local officials have warned residents those surges will bring major consequences.
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla issued a warning over the weekend after 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the town.
The newly confirmed cases are travel-related and were reported in residents under the age 45.
Gov. Phil Murphy recently joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and issued a travel advisory, asking people to self quarantine after coming back from states considered hot spots.
Murphy said contact tracers most recently linked local cases to a wedding in Myrtle Beach.
Other hot spots include Florida and Texas, where some hospitals have already hit full capacity.
Videos of July 4 celebrations across the country show people forgoing masks and social distancing.
The gatherings have prompted serious concerns from health experts who have said we are in a “dire situation.”