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The Data Is In: Gatherings Spread COVID Cases

San Bernardino County — COVID-fatigue is something we are all dealing with. We are tired of being cooped up, tired of being careful, and tired of not seeing our friends and extended families. And this fatigue can make us careless, which is the primary reason we are seeing coronavirus cases spiking here in the County and across the state.

So, while we’d all enjoy getting together for summer socializing, public and private gatherings are still prohibited under the state’s stay-at-home order, and our health officials are strenuously warning against violating that order. The bottom line is that data is showing that private gatherings have been clearly linked to recent COVID-19 outbreaks.

In the last month, 71% of those infected with COVID-19 told a contact tracer that they had attended a family gathering in the last 14 days — a total of 228 people out of 319 interviewed by contact tracers that indicated they attended a gathering.

Data is also showing that transmission of the virus is coming from younger adults and teenagers. The majority of confirmed cases (52.2%) is coming from those between the age of 20 and 39. And another 24.4% of the cases are between the age of 10 and 19. We all need to think twice about exposing our elderly and those with underlying health conditions to family members who might not be aware they have the virus (asymptomatic carriers).

Gathering with family and friends from other households — chatting, laughing, and having a great time — is precisely how this virus spreads. That is why the state’s stay-at-home order banning gatherings among people from different households is an order, not simply advice.

We may be tired of it, but until a vaccine is available, the best option to protect those we love is to gather virtually or wait until orders have been lifted. The more we can be responsible, the sooner we will defeat COVID-19 and the sooner life can return to normal.

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