Since more states reopened despite the coronavirus pandemic, the risk of contracting COVID-19 has increased. As of late, a spike in the number of cases in many places is being tied to reopened businesses.
In southern Minnesota, health officials are linking the surge in coronavirus positive cases to reopened bars. Apparently, many young adults indulged in alcoholic drink when the bars resumed their operations, and this led to the spike in cases in the area.
Star Tribune reported that young adults are unlikely to suffer severe cases of the infection. However, they could become the catalysts of a possible second wave of the outbreak in Minnesota since they could transmit the novel coronavirus to other people.
“As people are out, you know, enjoying a bit of freedom that we have now, [we want to make sure] that they’re cognizant of the fact that they could be a risk factor for someone else,” Kris Ehresmann, the state’s infectious disease director, said.
“Even though they may not be at risk for complications, they can still get COVID just as easily as anyone else and as a result they can spread it to others inadvertently,” Ehresmann added.
About 100 young adults who visited the bars on June 12 and 13 reportedly contracted COVID-19. What’s more alarming is that some of them actually work in child care and even health care facilities.
As of late, the Minnesota Department of Health has recorded 33,763 lab-confirmed positive cases and 1,397 deaths. On Wednesday (June 24), five deaths were reported while 340 people were admitted to hospitals.
The highest one-day record of positive cases in the state happened on May 23, when health officials reported 847 cases. The lower case growth happened even though many protests were carried out following the death of George Floyd in the area.
The news comes a day after Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, announced that it is temporarily shutting down after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The management said that they would like to focus on thoroughly cleaning the establishment and looking after their employees as they prepare to reopen.