In the month of August alone, nearly 7,000 people in Missouri in the 18-24 age group tested positive for coronavirus, according to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.
“In some Missouri college communities, positivity rates have soared as high as 45% in one day” among that age group, Parson said.
The governor said that approximately 30% of the new cases in the state of Missouri are among the 18 to 24-year-old population.
“While young, healthy people are likely to have mild symptoms and quick recoveries … they may unknowingly carry Covid-19 to someone older or with underlying conditions, who is unable to fight off the virus. This is why it is so important for young people to take precautions and understand the responsibility,” Parson said.
Parson said while more young people continue to test positive, the vast majority of those young people have not required hospitalization.
“I know there is a lot of concern right now regarding college students. But I want to assure you that our colleges, and our universities, have plans in place, and are taking all steps necessary to keep their students and communities as safe as possible,” Parson said.