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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.

Cases: 1230264

Reported Deaths: 19173
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles4009197655
San Bernardino936711129
Riverside873831437
San Diego82043997
Orange785531577
Kern41827448
Fresno38568481
Sacramento37415576
Santa Clara35085476
Alameda29918512
San Joaquin25740502
Contra Costa24275261
Stanislaus22162426
Tulare20793308
Ventura19952175
Imperial16272356
Monterey15621122
San Francisco15571160
San Mateo14458170
Sonoma12319157
Merced11773179
Santa Barbara11520135
Kings1127087
Solano1064881
Marin7777129
Placer662270
Madera629085
San Luis Obispo614536
Shasta496347
Yolo489377
Santa Cruz449028
Butte400859
Sutter333216
Napa309017
El Dorado24474
Yuba203610
San Benito189316
Lassen17933
Tehama171025
Mendocino158023
Nevada13119
Tuolumne10358
Glenn9518
Lake92719
Humboldt8989
Colusa7236
Siskiyou6242
Amador59016
Mono5483
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3391
Inyo29016
Plumas2150
Trinity1590
Modoc1430
Mariposa1392
Alpine500
Sierra190
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