Younger People Remain in COVID-19 Spotlight

Tri-State health experts worry for the physical health of the younger generations, and about just how many of them are among the infected.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 10:16 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 6:43 AM

Tri-State leaders continue addressing state-wide efforts to prevent further flare-ups of COVID-19.

Thursday, llinois governor J.B. Pritzker issued a new warning: the state could roll back its re-opening plan.

This, while Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear makes it clear the Bluegrass is on the verge of losing control in the fight.

But those keeping an eye on the pandemic, are putting their focus in a key area.

Ahead of the weekend, those aged 18 to 35 are still in the spotlight.

As states struggle to get the infection under control throughout a difficult summer, for one regular bar-hopper, going out is a matter of mental health.

"This is like my home. This is a regular place for me to go. I am single I have no children, so bars are important it’s the only time I get to socialize,” explained Darrell Farmer.

But Tri-State health experts worry for the physical health of the younger generations, and about just how many of them are among the infected.

"Our age group from 18-35, does tend to just still be our largest group of folks that make up close to 40% of our positives at this time," explained Lynn Herr with the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

Similar trends across the Tri-State are prompting Illinois' governor to warn he may follow suit with Kentucky: cutting capacity and shutting doors in certain areas, warning the state is at a "danger point."

"If this region has four more days of people getting sicker and needing a hospital bed, that means bars will close again, a possible reduction of service at restaurants, and smaller capacity limits on other activities," Governor Prizker said.

Kentucky's top state doctor shared a disturbing finding that underscores the severity, and what's at stake.

"There is a subset of people who get this condition, and it's like you poured Round-Up into their lungs. It absolutely eats up their lungs," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Now, the bluegrass governor is sharing that this month's efforts to combat the spread will likely keep forward through August.

"It is probable that we will extend the requirement to wear facial coverings beyond the 30 days. I would guess that it would be at least another 30 days after that. Why? Because it's working," Beshear said.

What remains unclear is if Kentucky's bar shutdowns will also be extended.

Thursday marks two days into that two-week closure.

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