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COVID-19 Cases Are Rising Among Young Adults

May 14, 2021

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COVID-19 Cases Are Rising Among Young AdultsAn article by Bangor Daily News titled "Vaccinations Are High, and so Are New COVID Cases. Here's a Look at What's Driving That." explains that although Maine has responded to the pandemic better than most states, as well as being a leader in vaccination rates, it has seen a rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The state is now averaging 29% more admittance than it did in mid-April.

Younger adults are the driving force for rising cases as they were the last group to be eligible for the vaccine. To put things into perspective, people under the age of 20 made up 0% of cases a year ago, and those in their 20s made up just 10%. Today, they make up about 18% and 19%, respectively, and have remained steady as case numbers in other age groups continue to fall.

Not only are the two age groups trailing in vaccination rates since the state opened up general eligibility in April, but the initial interest to get vaccinated in young adults has leveled off. A former CDC employee and Yarmouth epidemiologist, Gibson Parrish, expresses concerns as younger people are more likely to interact in group settings and less likely to follow social distancing guidelines while doing so.

These findings set new concerns for state health officials as we began the transition to Maine reopening. As you all know, since May 1st, all Americans can travel to Maine without the need to quarantine. In due course, businesses will be allowed to open at a higher capacity so long they follow public safety guidelines.

For more details, make sure to read the complete article here: Vaccinations Are High, and so Are New COVID Cases. Here's a Look at What's Driving That.

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