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Halloween caused 5 COVID-19 outbreaks in this state

New Jersey has linked five COVID-19 outbreaks due to Halloween.

In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo, patrons enjoy food and drink at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, N.J. School systems in several states are giving up on in-person classes, and some governors are reimposing restrictions on bars and restaurants or getting more serious about masks, as the coast-to-coast resurgence of the coronavirus sends deaths, hospitalizations and new infections soaring.
In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo, patrons enjoy food and drink at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, N.J. School systems in several states are giving up on in-person classes, and some governors are reimposing restrictions on bars and restaurants or getting more serious about masks, as the coast-to-coast resurgence of the coronavirus sends deaths, hospitalizations and new infections soaring.
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It looks like Halloween led to five COVID-19 outbreaks across the state of the New Jersey, CNN reports.

What’s going on?

New Jersey’s Department of Health spokeswoman Donna Leusner told CNN that five COVID-19 outbreaks included 70 cases from Halloween parties and other gatherings among young people.

  • “If you let your guard down, you could be exposed and not even know it if someone is asymptomatic,” Leusner told CNN.
  • “For example, we know of 10 outbreaks among hockey teams. Since the second week of November, we know of five outbreaks totaling 70 cases from Halloween parties and other social gatherings among students.”

State of play in New Jersey:

New Jersey reported 3.877 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which is the highest number of daily cases in that state since April.

  • “These numbers are devastating,” Gov. Phil Murphy said on Twitter. “We are still in the midst of a pandemic. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe.”

Halloween in Utah:

Experts advised people to stay away from parties and social gatherings on Halloween. That was not always the case in Utah. Thousands attended a Halloween party in Utah County. Those who were there suggested between 2,000 and 10,000 people attended the party.