Vigo County COVID-19 cases increase among people ages 20-29

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)—Vigo County Health Department reported 95 new COVID-19 cases for the week of July 26. There are currently 465 confirmed cases in the county.

Roni Elder, Vigo County Health Educator, said 31 of the new cases were a result of a small gathering.

“One small gathering of 5 18-24 year olds caused 31 positive covid-19 cases. Just from that small party they went to a pool party. They went to a house party and then a graduation party. So we could follow it along easier that way by visually mapping it out,” she said.

Of the newest cases, most of the new patients are in the age ranges 20-29 years old. Elder said most of them are experiencing mild symptoms.

“They might have every single symptom you could have for a flu virus. Congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, they might have all of those. That’s pretty miserable. That’s not just a mild headache, which some of them do have. But some of them are getting very sick no matter what their age is. So I think that is an important thing to note, it might bring you down for a little while,” Elder noted.

Patients between the ages 60-69 are also seeing a case increase and those with underlying health conditions are experiencing severe symptoms as a result.

Elder said although everyone may not be in the high risk category, everyone need to remain vigilant.

“If you are going out and about and you’re doing all these things and not taking those precautions, make sure you’re extra cautious around your family, especially elders and those in the high risk group with diseases and underlying issues. They won’t handle COVID-19 as well as what you could,” she said.

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