'Mini surge' of coronavirus among Greenwich teens blamed on house parties
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One of the wealthiest communities in the country is experiencing a sharp uptick in coronavirus cases after several house parties involving teenagers and young adults, The New York Times reported Friday.

After weeks of lockdown, high school graduates in Greenwich, Conn., attended get-togethers in mid-July, according to accounts from students and school officials. Now, two weeks later, the town is undergoing what health officials called a “mini surge” of cases.

More than 20 people between the ages of 16 and 21 have tested positive for the virus in the town, with more expected as testing continues, according to Greenwich health officials.

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Statewide, more than 49,000 people have tested positive for the virus with more than 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Connecticut has one of the lowest daily case averages in the country, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) on Tuesday warned residents to stay away from large clusters of people.

“Connecticut has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country right now,” he said in a statement. “But if we are not careful, this can change rapidly.”

Discussions of the house parties — who attended and who has contracted the virus — has largely taken place in private accounts. Contact tracers say they have had difficulty finding teenagers who will admit they were at any of the parties, making it harder to keep the virus in check.

Officials in the nearby town of Darien found that five people between the ages of 10 and 19 tested positive for the virus last week. Some of the infections are believed to have been caused by similar parties.

“It’s summertime. It’s beach weather. People are out on boats. They are having parties. And I think they are beginning to let their guard down," Jayme Stevenson, the first selectman of Darien told the Times. "It’s critically important that young people understand that they can get the virus and they can spread the virus.”