More young Mainers are testing positive for COVID-19

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the state ranks seventh lowest in the nation for positive coronavirus cases. But where we are seeing a rise in cases is in our younger populations.This is true across the country. Maine is no exception.”I think that it’s important to note that the average age of cases in Maine has come down since the beginning of the epidemic. The median has gone from over 50 to now under 50,” Dr Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine CDC said.Maine CDC data shows that we’ve seen a steady climb in cases among 20- and 30-somethings.As of July 1st, each age group makes up more than 15% of the total cases. In the 20s age group, the percent of total cases went from 9.4% to 15.4%, from June 1st to July 1st. In the 30s age group, data went from 10.1% to 15.3% during the same time frame. In fact, data shows case counts have been increasing sharply steadily since the end of April.Dr. Shah says it’s because of increased testing and increased exposure.”Not only is the outbreak very much with us,” Shah says, “it’s starting to affect younger and younger individuals, as we are all collectively resuming social and economic activity.”Public health experts underscore the importance of wearing face coverings. The person who gets sick may be someone else.”Young people don’t exist on an island unto themselves,” Shah says, “They can transmit the virus to those who may not have the same immune systems as they do.”

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the state ranks seventh lowest in the nation for positive coronavirus cases. But where we are seeing a rise in cases is in our younger populations.

This is true across the country. Maine is no exception.

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“I think that it’s important to note that the average age of cases in Maine has come down since the beginning of the epidemic. The median has gone from over 50 to now under 50,” Dr Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine CDC said.

Maine CDC data shows that we’ve seen a steady climb in cases among 20- and 30-somethings.

As of July 1st, each age group makes up more than 15% of the total cases. In the 20s age group, the percent of total cases went from 9.4% to 15.4%, from June 1st to July 1st. In the 30s age group, data went from 10.1% to 15.3% during the same time frame. In fact, data shows case counts have been increasing sharply steadily since the end of April.

Dr. Shah says it’s because of increased testing and increased exposure.

“Not only is the outbreak very much with us,” Shah says, “it’s starting to affect younger and younger individuals, as we are all collectively resuming social and economic activity.”

Public health experts underscore the importance of wearing face coverings. The person who gets sick may be someone else.

“Young people don’t exist on an island unto themselves,” Shah says, “They can transmit the virus to those who may not have the same immune systems as they do.”