Gov. Newsom: Half of those testing positive for coronavirus are young

Posted at 5:45 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 20:47:18-04

In his daily Facebook Live address, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that half of those testing positive in the state of California are between the ages of 18 and 49 years of age.

This is reflected in the fact that a LA County teen was the first known juvenile in the United States to die as a result of the new coronavirus. The teen was from Lancaster.

“Tragically, one of the people who died was a person under the age of 18, a devastating reminder that COVID-19 infects people of all ages,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, L.A. County Public Health Director.

“COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race or income level, and what we are seeing in places like New York is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here,” said Ferrer. “While Public Health is doing everything possible to mitigate the impact of this disease in our community, we can only flatten the curve if EVERYONE takes social distancing seriously and adheres to all isolation and quarantine orders issued by our Health Officer.”