Coronavirus cases in young adults surpass all other age groups in La.

Updated: Jun. 22, 2020 at 12:32 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - In the latest report from the state’s department of health, young adults in Louisiana have had more positive cases of coronavirus than any other age group.

On Monday, June 22, the LDH says 8,456 people have tested positive for COVID-19 between the ages of 18 and 29. Ten deaths have been reported for that age group since the outbreak began.

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A screenshot of the coronavirus dashboard as of noon on Monday, June 22.
A screenshot of the coronavirus dashboard as of noon on Monday, June 22.(LDH)

According to the US Census, there are more than 672,000 people in households in Louisiana in that same age group, which makes up about 14% of the state’s population.

Roughly 1.25% (8,456) of those young adults have tested positive for COVID-19.

Gov. John Bel Edwards called on young people to wear masks, wash their hands, and practice social distancing during his press conference Monday, June 22. He noted a recent coronavirus outbreak at the TigerLand bars near LSU’s campus, but also attributed the increase to seasonal events like memorial day parties and graduation parties.

Edwards said the problem can be corrected with better behavior and that the state has no plans to revert to more strict guidelines for businesses.

“We don’t want to have to go back and reimpose restrictions that have been lifted,” Edwards said, asking bar owners and restaurateurs to better enforce social distancing rules.

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