MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) — Marquette County health officials announced Friday they that contact tracing had lead to two confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to individuals who were present at McCarty’s Cove beach on Fourth of July weekend.

The Marquette County Health Department is suggesting anyone who attend the beach gathering to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact their medical provider if they become symptomatic.

“This event demonstrates the fact that outdoor social gatherings, even among asymptomatic young people, can cause community transmission of COVID-19,” MCHD said in a release.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:

  • Stay home if they are sick
  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering when visiting public places
  • Avoid touching your face; avoid shaking hands
  • Follow suggested guidelines for social distancing