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Data shows coronavirus cases increasing among younger people in Gallatin County

Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 13:34:34-04

GALLATIN COUNTY — As more and more people are testing positive for the coronavirus here in Montana, health officials are urging everyone to do what they can to prevent them from getting or spreading the virus.

Young people, especially, are being urged now more than ever as we’re seeing an increase in cases among people less than 40 years old.

Now that we’ve been dealing with the virus for a couple of months, officials are collecting more information, which suggests the virus is affecting younger people at a higher rate than before.

"When we started the pandemic in March, we were seeing the median age of cases was about 44, 43 years old. In May and June, the median age has dropped to 28, 29 years old," explained Matt Kelley, the Gallatin City-County Health Officer.

Kelley says the data tells health officials that younger people are having more contact with others instead of continuing to quarantine and other safety measures that have been strongly urged.