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More than 15 percent of Virginia's COVID-19 cases are patients in their 20s

Posted at 9:50 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 22:16:53-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 15 percent of Virginia's confirmed COVID-19 cases are patients between 20 and 29 years old, Gov. Ralph Northam said on Friday.

93 of the state's 604 cases are in the age range of 20 to 29 years old, accounting for nearly 16 percent of cases in the state.

Northam also addressed rumors that COVID-19 only affects the elderly.

"There has been some talk, and I have seen activity around Virginia, that this only affects the elderly. Well, it doesn't. It affects all of us, "Northam said. "So take this seriously and please stay home."

A Central Virginia emergency department physician Dr. Carlton Stadler predicted intensive care unit beds to be filled in about a month during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Two weeks from that — the prediction we are going to be saturated. Our intensive care unit beds are going to saturated. That’s when we are going to run into a ventilator problem," Stadler said.