Long Island residents under the age of 30 have the largest number of new coronavirus cases since June, as many young people participated in more social events and neglected to be vigilant against the virus, according to county health officials and data. It occupied the share (40% or more).
In Suffolk, people under the age of 30 accounted for 46.7% of the cases of coronavirus reported between June 20 and September 21, according to county health ministry data. According to the data, the average age of people who tested positive for the virus in September was 32 years, while in June it was 42 years.
Between May 29 and September 21, people under the age of 30 were responsible for 38.8% of new cases in Nassau, according to the Nassau County Health Department.
According to officials, the new infection rate in Nassau and Suffolk is about 1% for all age groups.
Data showing an increase in the number of adolescent cases was obtained when many adolescents returned to school, college or work after a leave of absence that began in the spring. Concerns about positive cases have led to temporary school closures on Long Island and distance learning at many universities across the country.
Changes in the case’s vitality go against the hypothesis that younger people are less likely to get infected early in the pandemic.
At the start of the outbreak in New York, 83% of COVID-19 deaths were over 60 years old and 73% of inpatients were over 51 years old, according to state health ministry data released in April and May. was.
Daniel Griffin, head of infectious disease at private health care provider ProHEALTH Care, said the school was closed and likely had less exposure to the virus early in the pandemic.
“It’s clear that hopefully young people can get infected and spread the virus,” said doctor Griffin.
“And when that happens, those at risk get infected with the virus and we’re going to see the results,” Griffin said.
The release of the Nassau and Suffolk proceedings data was compiled by Newsday from official records of the Ministry of Health in both counties, attempting to crack down on a large gathering of public complaints after the summer. It was.
Such events included a concert by the EDM Duo Chain Smokers at Watermill on July 25th and a weekend party on Fire Island on July 4th.
However, none of these events led to a confirmed case of the virus, said Gregson Piggott of the Suffolk County Health Commission.
Doctor Piggott said he hadn’t even taken an outdoor protest that attracted thousands of people after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25.
“Everyone was looking for a big Superspreader event, but that didn’t work,” Piggott said.
Instead, most new cases of coronavirus were tracked down to 20 or less backyard barbecues and graduation parties, he said. According to Piggott, the average of the four participants who attended each event was subsequently positive.
In Nassau, health officials have linked the infection to large outdoor and indoor parties, as well as travelers returning from areas with more cases, county spokesperson Christine Geed said.
At events with family and friends, compliance with the protection guidelines of wearing masks and practicing far away was often exacerbated because people felt safer with them.
Griffin said social media photos sometimes show “50 children cheek-to-cheek” without a mask.
“They want to have fun and they are young, but still dangerous,” Simmons said.
According to state data, people under the age of 30 account for only 0.4% of COVID-19 deaths in New York. Although young people are more likely to experience mild symptoms or become asymptomatic, health officials have warned that COVID-19 can be dangerous for all age groups.
“It’s not universal, but it’s pretty obvious while young people aren’t immune to the disease,” said Dr. David Battinelli, Chief Health Officer at Northwell Health.
The fact that young people on Long Island represent an increase in new cases of coronavirus has raised concerns among local authorities as students, teachers, professors and staff are returning to school and college.
Suffolk County Legislation. William Spencer (D-Centerport) and Vice-Chair Kara Hahn (D-Setaket) said they expect more cases from school this fall, especially as students are accustomed to being together again. It was.
According to Hahn, parents are watching them at school anyway and may allow their children to play with their friends.
“It’s a domino effect on everything that starts as a result of the school opening,” Hahn said.
Although the number of cases across the region was small, Batinelli said he was less worried about the children returning to their local school. However, sending students back to college with people in high-incidence areas is “high risk,” he said.
Health officials have urged people to limit the size of youth gatherings, ensure that children are supervised by adults, and follow other health guidelines even when friends and family often see them.
“The problem is pretty clear, and if you don’t mask it, you’re at risk if you maintain social distance and pay attention to careful hand hygiene,” Batinelli said.
Age-specific Suffolk cases from June 20th to September 10th, according to county health ministry data:
Total case: 4,710
Under 20: 882
20-29 years: 1,242
30-39 years old: 610
40-49 years old: 518 years old
50-59 years old: 703
60 years and over: 766