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'Significant' increase in young adults contracting COVID-19, health officials say

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 17:41:32-04

Cases are continuing to spike across the country and the state of Texas. On Tuesday, Governor Abbott said one reason for the increase is gatherings at bar-like spaces.

"It's hard to tell exactly where those people contracted COVID. It could be Memorial Day celebrations, a bar setting or some other type of gathering," said Governor Abbott.

Chris Cox, owner of the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, says their precautions to keep everyone safe have not changed.

"Face masks, hand sanitizer, washing our hands, and we will continue to do that. We have seen people of all ages and some take precautions and some don't, but we are doing what the governor asked of us," he said.

Governor Abbott says a lot of the new cases are from young adults.

"Some people feel like they are young, not in the risk category, but as we experience this virus, we are finding that in the U.S., we are seeing a significant increase of young adults contracting the virus," said Dr. Brenda Gray, Waco-McLennan County Health Director.

In McLennan County, 22% of COVID-19 patients are between the ages of 20 and 29. In Bell County, 18% of coronavirus patients are in their 20s. For Brazos County, just under 25% of COVID-19 patients are in their 20s.

Dr. Gray says there is no current data to back up if local cases have anything to do with gatherings at bar-like spaces.