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Average age of people testing positive for COVID-19 drops, lines get longer

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The average age for people testing positive for COVID-19 in Colorado has dropped from the upper 40s to 32.

"They're going to work, they're going out with their friends. They may be having more social interactions which is leading them to be in contact with the virus at a higher rate than some of our older populations," said Kimberly Pattison, Communicable Disease Program Manager for El Paso County.

As people testing positive for the virus get younger, lines at testing sites across the state are getting even longer.

On Tuesday, Denver's coronavirus testing site at the Pepsi Center closed early over concerns of delayed test results.

Though they are reopen, their test limit has increased from just above a thousand to about 2,000 tests per day in an effort to keep up with the demand.

According to the Denver Post, people who have gotten tested at the Pepsi Center say it's taken as many as eight days for them to receive their results, despite being told it would take just three to four.

In Colorado Springs, UC Health officials say they've tested 267 people for COVID-19 hours before they closed earlier this week.

Officials say the long lines are likely caused by test sites being closed over the holiday weekend.

No word yet on how long it is taking people to get their test results in Colorado Springs.

Though the average age of those testing positive is dropping, studies show people under 50 make up less than a percent of statewide deaths.

"In general, the younger you are the less likely you are to show symptoms of COVID-19 and so it may be that some people are infected or a lot of people are infected and circulating the community and don't have symptoms so they don't know," said Dr. Elizabeth Carlton, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Pattison says it’s only a matter of time before transmission in young people increases transmission in older, at-risk populations.

"Because we have more virus in the community, as a whole we're going to have potentially the possibility of seeing more cases among our older population and more of those severe hospitalized cases moving forward," she said.

Colorado Springs / Coronavirus / Local News

Mia Villanueva

Mia is a weekday reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Mia here.

Alexis Dominguez

Alexis is a reporter for KRDO and Telemundo Surco. Learn more about Alexis here.

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7 Comments

  1. Due to the long holiday weekend many tests are coming back positive for the “Bottle Flu” this bug always seems to become more prevalent during or after holidays. Cures include: Gatorade, Advil and plain water. Once victims get re hydrated and the alcohol out of their system all symptoms disappear and they are able to return to work.

  2. Well considering for the first 1-2 months the State was ONLY testing people over 65 – then yes the average age is now dropping. Every single statistic with this virus is skewed and unreliable to base decisions on. Saw an article about retail and food now higher percentage of outbreaks-well yes, yes again, for the first two months only elderly could get a test so of course the percentage for other industry was low and is rising, while elderly care percentage is dropping. It’s all just basic math!

  3. Gotta put in that feel good story about covid when the numbers go up like they are now lol.

  4. Many times the media will mix scopes to try and instill panic. For example they’ll say “to date there has been 3300 admissions in the state out of 10,000 hospital beds”. Nowhere will they mention there are only currently 250 people CURRENTLY hospitalized. They hide the most important facts.

  5. Can’t sit inside your house forever people!! Who’s going to pay the bills??

  6. Covid-19 is so deadly that you have to take a test to see if you have had it or not.

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