At least 28 young adults from Texas have tested positive for coronavirus after traveling to Mexico with a group for spring break, officials in Austin and Travis County confirmed.
The Austin Public Health Department on Tuesday confirmed they are “investigating a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases involving a large group returning from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.”
The group of approximately 70 spring breakers in their 20s headed to Mexico in a chartered plane about a week and a half ago. Upon arriving home, 28 members of the group tested positive for coronavirus, with more than a dozen others are under investigation. State officials say four of the positive cases did not display any symptoms.
Newsweek reached out to the Austin Public Health Department for an update.
Local health officials have made contact with every young adult that flew on the chartered plane to ensure they undergo tests and a quarantine period. Some members returned independently on commercial flights. The 28 people who tested positive are also under quarantine.
Mexico was not listed under a federal travel advisory when the trip took place, however, officials advised citizens to cancel non-essential travel. The Austin Public Health Department warned citizens from taking similar trips amid the virus pandemic.
“While Mexico at the time of their travel was not under a federal travel advisory, Austin-Travis County residents should follow CDC’s travel recommendations indicating travelers avoid all non-essential international travel. A leisure vacation of any kind is not considered essential,” the city said.
On Tuesday, Texas confirmed more than 3,000 cases of COVID-19 and 49 deaths. In Austin-Travis County, almost half of all people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are between 20 and 40 years old.
“The virus often hides in the healthy and is given to those who are at grave risk of being hospitalized or dying,” Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said. “While younger people have less risk for complications, they are not immune from severe illness and death from COVID-19.”
Mexican President Andrew Manuel Lopez Obrador has been hesitant to enforce strict social distancing measures over fears the economy will be adversely affected. But as the virus continued to spread throughout the country, he has issued tougher measures in recent days to combat the outbreak. Monday, Mexico declared a health emergency.
On Tuesday afternoon, more than 180,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S., with around 3,780 deaths and over 6,000 recoveries. A large portion of the cases—nearly 76,000—are in New York state.
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