Tennessee's COVID-19 patients are getting younger

Jun 23, 2020

Credit WMOT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee appears to be matching a national trend toward more COVID-19 cases among younger patients.

Infection rates have climbed five percent since March in Tennessee children ten years old and under. Confirmed cases among the state’s teens have risen four percent since April. Infections among young adults 31 to 40 years of age are also up four percent over three months.

Meanwhile, older Tennesseans have seen a drop in infection rates. Adults between 51 and 60 are showing a 5 percent decline in cases over three months. The number of COVID-19 patients 61 to 70 years of age are down 4 percent since April.

Some health analysts suggested the trend toward younger COVID-19 patients might mean fewer virus related fatalities. However, that hasn’t been the case in Tennessee. June is currently on track to be the deadliest month for Tennessee residents since the pandemic began.