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Coronavirus cases spike in younger people

More infections are being seen in teens and young adults as reopenings happen throughout the state.

Posted: Jun 26, 2020 5:03 PM

CALIFORNIA - More infections are being seen in teens and young adults as reopenings happen throughout the state.

Butte County Public Health said just over 10 percent of their cases fall under the age of 17.

Both Butte and Shasta County Health Departments report more than half their cases are in people 49 and younger, 14 in Butte and six in Shasta are under 17-years-old.

"Young people tend to feel invulnerable and they think they're not going to get the disease and if they get it they it's not going to be as severe," said Dr. Roy Shannon, Head of Infection Control at Oroville Hospital.

Shannon said young people are more likely to be out at the bars and hanging out with friends.

"You see lots of people there without masks on they're within a foot or two of each other and that's a good way to spread the disease," said Shannon.

The LA Times reported as of Wednesday, 56 present of people with coronavirus is 18 to 49-years-old.

Officials say that figure has risen consistently throughout the outbreak but surged sharply in recent weeks.

People older than 65 dropped from 25 percent of cases to less than 15 percent of cases.

"Early on testing was so limited that we were only testing the people that were at high risk and of course the younger people did not fit into the high-risk category," said Shannon.

Dr. Shannon told Action News Now as more reopenings happen in the state, he sees the number of cases in young people getting worse before it gets better.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 324543

Reported Deaths: 7051
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1335493809
Riverside24765537
Orange24715423
San Diego19371422
San Bernardino19043306
Fresno828288
Imperial7827135
Alameda7731148
Kern650297
Santa Clara6298166
San Joaquin627968
Tulare5678152
Sacramento548983
Stanislaus473251
Contra Costa466190
San Francisco452250
Ventura424653
San Mateo3949112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin343430
Kings291839
Monterey268218
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma170316
Placer107711
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8938
Yolo88428
Santa Cruz5693
Napa4774
Sutter3884
San Benito3622
Butte3384
Lassen3370
El Dorado3070
Shasta1956
Yuba1923
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Colusa1130
Mendocino1130
Lake1081
Tehama1071
Tuolumne730
Calaveras670
Del Norte600
Mono511
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo351
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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