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.