Minnesota has seen a spike in the number of young people who are proving positive for COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to grow in the United States.
According to data released Sunday by the Minnesota Department of Health, 523 new cases were identified on Sunday, bringing the total number of coronavirus-positive residents to 35,549 in the state.
A spike in the number of people who are proving positive for the virus can be seen among people in their 20s, with that age group making up the largest group of positive cases in the state.
As of June 28, there have been a record number of new positive cases announced for 51
According to Minnesota StarTribune, four bars in the Minneapolis and Mankato areas “contributed to an increase in COVID-19 cases in young adults.”
About 100 people suffered from crowded COVID-19 infections over the weekend of June 12-14 at Rounders Sports Bar & Grill and 507 in Mankato, while more than 30 cases were identified among people who went to the Cowboy Jack near Target Field and the Kollege Klub in Dinkytown between June 14 and June 21.
State officials have warned that the number of positive cases for 20-year-olds can continue to grow unless precautions are taken not to “overwhelm” the system.
“When you have 56 cases associated with a location for a weekend, this doesn’t manage the growth rate,” said Kris Ehresmann, state director of infectious diseases. Ehresmann added that businesses and citizens should work to prevent spread “so that even when we open up, we are unable to overwhelm the system that we have worked so hard to strengthen.”
According to StarTribune, “the number of laboratory confirmed cases in Minnesota increased by 37% – from 25,208 on June 1 to 34,616 on Friday – but increased by 51% among people aged between 20 and 29 and 61% between children and teenagers. “
While there is a spike in the number of positive cases in the state, it is worth noting that of the 1,460 people who died in the state from COVID-19 diseases, only two of these people were under 30 years old.
As of Sunday, Minnesota health officials have performed nearly 15,000 tests. Nine percent of those tested were hospitalized while 228 remain in hospitals across the state. The state health department also reported eight new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,460.
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