IN-HOME GATHERINGS LED TO COVID19 SPIKE
The rise in coronavirus cases in California has been traced to in-home gatherings as per results of contact tracing that gave health experts a picture of how the virus appears to be spreading.
Ina report, KCRA3 News cited Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye who said :"What we're hearing from them is the recent increase in cases is predominantly due to in-home, private gatherings.”
People are venturing out to spend time with extended family and friends after two-and-a-half months under the state's stay-at-home order -- just in time for late spring graduations, birthday parties, funerals and other warm weather events.
Kasirye explained those at-home events make it difficult to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, and that when people gather with others they know, they tend to let their collective guard down.
Another factor public health experts are paying attention to is the demographics of the people contracting COVID-19.
"There was a time when the bulk of cases that we were getting reported were people in long-term care facilities," Kasirye said. "We worked really hard with those facilities and those numbers have gone down."
The age demographic of people testing positive for coronavirus appears to be shifting. Young adults, ages 18 to 49, make up a higher number of cases being reported, something health experts also attribute to smaller, in-home gatherings of people who know each other but who aren't immediate family.
In order to prevent the virus from spreading, Kasirye said, "It's important for all of us to take this seriously and important to take measures to protect ourselves and protect everybody else, especially our loved ones."