Young people should take COVID-19 seriously, as data shows they make up almost half of the confirmed cases in Erie County.

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According to a new press release sent out this morning (March 24) by the Erie County Department of Health, there are 16 people, ages 20 to 29, who are confirmed to have COVID-19 in Erie County. There are 25 people, ages 30 to 39, who are confirmed positive. So, of the 101 confirmed cases, 41 or almost half, are in the age range of 20 to 39.

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As young people were flocking to beaches for spring break, the new data from WNY shows that young people, at least here in Erie County, are susceptible to catching the coronavirus. It is recommended that young people practice social distancing to protect themselves and others.

“Young people can get coronavirus. That’s one of the other myths, young people don’t get it. Young people do get it and young people can transfer it and you can wind up infecting someone, and possibly killing someone, if you’re exposed to it.” ~ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo via The New York Times

You can call the Erie County Department of Health's COVID-19 hotline at (716) 858-2929, Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 8 pm for information or visit http://www.erie.gov/covid19.

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