Young people make up 1/3 of cases in St. Louis County

Updated: July 08, 2020 07:12 PM

The number of young people testing positive continues to grow, in Minnesota and in St. Louis County.

"Our largest segment of our cases is in the 20-29 category. It's a full third of our cases," shared Linnea Mirsch, Director of Public Health and Human Services. "But because of limited testing earlier on, this may really be a better picture of what's been happening all along. There is widespread transmission. In all seven of the commissioner districts throughout St. Louis County and in more rural communities."

At the state level, leaders said they've started hearing about the concept of COVID parties, where young people get together specifically to get infected. "This is a really, really bad idea. You're playing Russian Roulette," said Kris Ehresmann, Director of MDH's Infectious Diseases. "You could spread the virus to other family members who have a higher risk."

Plus, there have been healthy people in their 20s and 30s who've died, according to the state.

Bars and bonfires and parties continue to be places where people are spreading the virus.

On their call on Wednesday, leaders said are beginning to see supply chain challenges with laboratory testing supplies nationwide, with some supplies being directed to hot spots.

That could mean a longer wait time to get your test results.

The county said they had a record number of people get tested after the 4th of July. Mirsch added, "Our cases are increasing, but our hospitalizations have not. So that's good."

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