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Reynolds addresses recent increase in young adult coronavirus cases in the state

Reynolds addresses recent increase in young adult coronavirus cases in the state

KAAL-TV
Updated: July 07, 2020 01:53 PM
Created: July 07, 2020 01:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Over the month of June, the state has seen an increase in positive cases among adults ages 18 to 40. Particularly young adults in Iowa's college towns, and larger cities.

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In a two week span, from June 21 to July 5, nearly 82,000 Iowans were tested, and of that almost 94 percent of those that were tested, tested negative, compared to 6.5 percent that tested positive.

On average across the state, 60 percent of the positive cases were among adults age 18 to 40, compared to 21 percent among middle-aged adults, 19 percent among older adults, 8 percent among children and 2 percent among the elderly.

"While it's not cause for alarm, it is concerning," Reynolds says,  "there's a perception because COVID is less serious for younger adults that an increase in positive cases among this age group is not an issue, but that perception is false."

The consequences of COVID-19 continuing to spread among young adults increases the likelihood that the virus will continue to spread and spread to others including those most vulnerable.

"Your decisions could potentially affect the lives of others," Reynolds said.

Reynolds says she will meet with Dr. Pedati to continue to monitor the virus and see if any additional measures that need to happen to mitigate and contain the virus.

A new TestIowa site will be opening tomorrow in Kossuth County, located in Algona, Iowa.


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