Health officials are worried that we've let our guards down. A ton of new COVID-19 cases in Alberta have been popping up, and most of them are in Millenials. The province's top doctor said she was concerned, and that people need to keep fighting the spread.
"Our daily cases have begun to rise over the past few days," said Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, in her daily update on Tuesday, July 14.
She announced 86 new cases that day, as well as two deaths. Earlier, on Saturday, July 11, 96 new cases were logged — the highest single-day increase in over two months, since Saturday, May 2. Later, on Wednesday, July 15, there were 82 new cases.
"This pandemic has been a long haul, and I worry that Albertans have begun to tune the messages out. It can seem like old news, and many are tired of hearing this information."
"We are concerned about the recent rise of cases we are seeing. Also of concern is the younger age of people infected with the virus," she said.
Statistically, she continued, most of the new cases were in Millenials.
According to Hinshaw on Tuesday, July 14, 780 new cases were identified over the previous two weeks. Of these, 57% were in people under 40. And of that number, 30% weren't linked to a previously known source, like an outbreak.
According to demographic data from Alberta Health Services, over the week of Wednesday, July 8 to Tuesday, July 14, 283 Millenials under 40 tested positive for COVID-19, making up 54% of the total 525 reported cases.
The largest amount of cases were in people between 20 to 29 years old. This age range had 114 cases, or 22% of the total.
Encouraging Albertans to try and keep those numbers down, Hinshaw repeated what officials have said for months: "Stay two metres apart when you can and wear a mask when you can't. Wash or sanitize your hands. Stay home if you are sick and get tested."
"This is a reminder that COVID-19 can spread quickly, and cases can rise rapidly if we don't all do our part," she said.