Senior week: After positive COVID-19 cases, officials recommend teens get tested


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Brandon Holveck


After finding that at least three teens who attended senior week festivities in Dewey Beach tested positive for COVID-19, state health officials are encouraging anyone involved in a similar group setting to get tested.


Officials said the three teens lived with more than a dozen people in a Dewey Beach rental. They attended several crowded gatherings in Rehoboth Beach, officials said, potentially exposing more than 100 people.


The Division of Public Health is reaching out to their known contacts and providing guidance on how to self-isolate.


Officials said anyone who participated in senior week activities, especially near Dewey Beach or Rehoboth Beach, and who lived or stayed with a group or attended a large gathering should consider themselves at risk. Those at risk should self-monitor for symptoms and consider getting tested, officials said. 


Free testing sites in Delaware can be found at coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing.


State health officials also recommend that teens and young adults who are living together during the summer, particularly at the beach, get tested at least once a month. Those whose work involves frequent contact with the public should also get tested at least once a month, officials said.


Those who participated in senior week activities should consider rescheduling graduation parties for 14 days after they left, officials said. Families should consider their children at risk and limit their exposure to vulnerable family and friends.


To date, Delaware health officials have confirmed 10,681 coronavirus cases and 434 deaths related to the virus. There have been 4,569 cases in New Castle County, 1,606 cases in Kent County and 4,487 cases in Sussex County. 


According to state data released Saturday, 75 Delaware residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19. The figure dipped below 80 for the first time on Wednesday. 


The percentage of people testing positive in Delaware also continues to trend down. In the data shared Saturday, 2.5% of tests were positive.



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