Gallatin County COVID-19 cases include 'significant number' of younger people

Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 20:25:31-04

BOZEMAN — As the numbers continue to climb, the Gallatin City-County Health Department notes that the most confirmed cases in the county have been reported in younger people.

According to Montana Coronavirus Response, out of the 79 reported cases in Gallatin County, 19 cases were confirmed in people ages 20 to 29.

14 cases were found in those ages 30 to 39.

The Gallatin City-County health officer confirms this, saying healthcare teams are seeing higher numbers of people in those age groups being tested.

While noting most of those test results are coming back negative, GCCHD Health Officer Matt Kelley says it’s unclear what is causing this younger group to see higher numbers.

"Why that is happening, I can only speculate at this point in time,” Kelley says. “People in the younger demographic may be more comfortable going out and seeking healthcare services right now. We might also be seeing that people in those younger groups tend to live in larger households that tend to be of child bearing age and have kids so they might be more significantly impacted."

The second highest number, per age group, is currently 16 cases, reported in those ages 60 to 69.