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Spread of COVID-19 to people under 30 makes up 35 per cent of current cases

Participation in social settings are contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in people under age 30 in Hastings Prince Edward County, and account for 28 of the current cases (35 per cent).

“Unfortunately, we are continuing to see voluntary close contact taking place between individuals in all age groups – in particular, youth and young adults who are gathering for social reasons,” says Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “Youth and young adults are not immune to the spread of COVID-19 and by participating in voluntary social activities they may put others in their household, and community, at risk.”

Oglaza notes HPEPH recognizes that social interaction is imperative for the growth and development of youth and is essential for the mental health of adults in all age groups, “however, the sooner case counts can be lowered in our region, the sooner public health restrictions will be eased.

“Young adults are asked to make responsible choices that protect both them and the more vulnerable around them. Parents are asked to help youth stay strong and support choices and activities that will not contribute to the potential spread of COVID-19.

“Connect safely with friends online, get outside and get active with household members, visit a local park or trail that is open, or try a new hobby or activity that does not involve close contact with others. To reduce the risk of spreading infection both in and out of your household, avoid sharing drinks, utensils, cigarettes, masks, and anything else that touches your mouth or face.”

 

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