“Just don’t go to a party, it’s simple,” Premier responds to apparent surge in COVID cases among younger Ontarians

Cases of COVID-19 among young people have steadily increased over the past days

Ontario’s premier is asking the province’s young people to hold off on the partying as a surge in COVID cases among those under age 39 continues.

In Tuesday’s update from Public Health Ontario, there were 203 new cases of COVID-19, the first time Ontario’s caseload addition surpassed 200 since late June. Of those, 57 per cent were among those under 39 years of age. In Simcoe Muskoka, half of the 36 cases reported in the last two weeks were among those age 18-34.

“Just don’t go to a party, it’s simple,” said Premier Doug Ford during his daily COVID-19 update. “It might not be you. But it’s going to be your parents or your grandparents, as I always say, or your neighbours or your friends or relatives. You’re hurting people by doing this.”

“I don’t know why everyone wants to party so badly but enough. We have to keep this in control,” he concluded.

While the age group most affected by COVID-19 during the course of the pandemic has been those aged 40 to 59, cases among those in the 20 to 39 age group have been quickly increasing over the past two weeks.