Teens test positive for coronavirus following senior week parties at Del. beach

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If your graduating high schooler recently celebrated at the beach in Delaware, health officials recommend they get tested for the coronavirus.

More than a dozen teenagers recently stayed in a rental house in Dewey Beach for senior week festivities. At least three of them have since tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, those teens also went to Rehoboth, where they attended “several crowded gatherings.”

Officials say as many as 100 or more people may have been exposed.

“It is important for teens participating in senior week activities to consider themselves at-risk, and get tested for, COVID-19,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a statement. “The risk of COVID-19 spread among other young people, of different households, living in group settings without social distancing or wearing face coverings is real, and we will have no way of tracing all of the individuals they may have exposed because they likely don’t know everyone’s names.

“Just because we are reopening, does not mean the virus is gone. It does not mean the risk is gone. It does not mean things are back to normal.”

DPH also suggests parents postpone graduation parties or other events for at least 14 days since their kids left the beach, just to be safe.