Minnesota has seen an increase in the number of young people who test 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 resident coronavirus positive to 35,549.
An increase in the number of people who test positive for the virus can be seen in people in their twenties, this age group constituting the largest group of positive cases in the state.
As of June 28, there had been a record 51% of new positive cases ad for people in their twenties.
According to Minnesota StarTribune, four bars in the Minneapolis and Mankato areas “have contributed an increase in COVID-19 cases in young adults. “
About 100 people suffered from overcrowding-related 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 Cowboy Jack near Target Field and Kollege Klub in Dinkytown between June 14 and 21.
State officials have warned that the number of positive cases for people in their twenties may continue to increase unless precautions are taken not to “overwhelm” the system.
“When you have 56 cases associated with a placement from a weekend, it doesn’t manage the growth rate”, said Kris Ehresmann, State Director of Infectious Diseases. Ehresmann added that businesses and citizens should strive to prevent the spread “so that, even when we open up, we do not put ourselves in a position 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% in people aged 20 to 29 and by 61% in children and adolescents ”.
Although there has been an increase in the number of positive cases in the state, it should be noted that of the 1,460 people who died in the state from COVID-19 disease, only two of these people had less 30 years old.
Minnesota health officials had administered nearly 15,000 tests on Sunday. Nine percent of those tested have been hospitalized while 228 remain in hospitals across the state. The state health department also reported eight new COVID-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,460.