An increase in COVID-19 infections discovered among young people in Edina has drawn attention from the Minnesota Department of Health. But Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresman says the youth COVID-19 concern is not limited to one community.

“Young people from across the state are accounting for the bulk of cases in the last two weeks. Any activities where you have people in groups where they cannot socially distance means there is a greater likelihood of transmission.”

Ehresmann says the increase among youth is linked to normal summer activities like cabin trips, team sports and parties.

Ehresmann says avoiding infection means changing what we consider to be summer-time staple activities.

“They’re engaging in activities that we know are so natural, so fun, so normal for youth, but in the time of COVID we need to make sure that we’re asking people to reconsider some of those activities and make sure they are doing them safely.”