Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) reports that new numbers from Erie County show an uptick in younger people being diagnosed with COVID-19 while older people are seeing a drop in diagnosis.

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Executive Mark Poloncarz says we are seeing what he calls a significant increase in new cases of COVID-19 in young people, including as young as infants, in the past three weeks.

Both the county executive and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says there could be a number of things influencing this.

One issue could be that as places continue to open back up, people are going back to work where they are contracting this disease before bringing it back home to their families.

Poloncarz says it could also be the fact that younger people have a different attitude than older people when it comes to the pandemic.

When asked if these numbers could affect schools opening this fall, Poloncarz said the county reports all positive cases back to the state who will ultimately be making the decision when it comes to schools.

As I talk to neighbors and co-workers and family members even I have seen a divide in reaction to the seriousness of the epidemic.  Some feel that now that we are entering the last phase, anything goes.  There also seems to be a feeling of invulnerability among the younger population because there has been such a focus on older adults.