Health officials are warning young people in southern states with rising coronavirus cases to take precautions. Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and other states that were early to reopen are now seeing spikes in cases and the increase in case counts includes young people.

Yes, some of the rising cases are due to increased testing, but officials are also blaming relaxed social distancing guidelines. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that cases are “shifting in a radical direction,” towards people in their 20s and 30s. “We’re also seeing that not only are they testing positive because they’re testing more, they’re also testing positive at a higher rate increasingly over the last week,” he said.

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And in South Carolina, 18% of the state’s total cases were people between 21 and 30. “The increases that we’re seeing serve as a warning that young adults and youth are not immune to Covid-19,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control physician consultant. “They also tell us that younger South Carolinians are not taking social distancing seriously.”

Georgia shared a similar trend, the state’s largest hospital reported an increase in patients in their 20s and 30s. While this is a problem for the infected patients, it’s also concerning if they’re seeing older family members, including parents and grandparents. “It’s a little bit of a disturbing trend, and what frightens me is not only that they are younger, the potential of them infecting other people, particularly parents and grandparents,” Chief Medical Officer at Grady Health System Dr. Robert Jansen told WSB News in Georgia.

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