Tuesday, June 23, 2020

COVID Cases Hitting Younger People

Recent numbers from the Oklahoma Department of Health have shown a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in younger age groups, Steve Rutherford, the Sequoyah County Emergency Management director, said Tuesday.

There are currently 26 positive cases in the county, Rutherford said, but what is most worrisome is that cases among 18- to 35-year-olds are on the rise.

“The younger age group made up 32.69 percent of the state’s current cases,” he said, and 36- to 49-year-olds made up 22.27 percent of the state’s cases.

Rutherford attributed the change to more young people venturing out and older people staying in more. “This has changed just in the past week and it’s making a big difference.”

“We just want everybody to be careful, remember to take their safety precautions and stay safe,” Rutherford said. He also noted that most cases in the younger age groups are asymptomatic. “That’s what’s frightening,” he said.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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