Toronto's hospital workers are noticing an increased number of young people admitted with COVID-19, according to the city's top doctor.

On Wednesday, Toronto's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, announced that the youngest COVID-19 hospitalization in Toronto today belongs to a 23-year-old young adult.

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There are a lot of reasons for concern.

Dr. Eileen de Villa

Announcing Toronto's newest COVID-19 numbers at a press conference, Dr. de Villa directly addressed the number of young people who need hospitalization because of COVID-19.

"In the 837 cases I reported to you today, people aged 20 to 29 were the age group with the highest number of cases, with 181," Dr. de Villa reported. 

"Admissions of younger people are reaching noticeable levels," she added.

Dr. de Villa also said that Toronto Public Health's Source of Infection survey — taken by people with COVID-19 — produced "concerning findings."

Almost a third of people who took the survey said they had gathered in a home with people outside of their household over the holidays.

"The outcome of those decisions will emerge over the next days and weeks," Dr. de Villa said. "If they manifest as COVID-19 cases, the implications are plain to see."

 
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