There has been a steep increase in COVID-19 cases in the South Lyon and Fenton areas among individuals 15 to 19 years old, health officials said.
Some of the cases, which have been increasing since mid-July, reported attending large indoor and outdoor gatherings, including graduation parties and prom-like events.
“We need parents and young people in our community to recognize the risk they take to their own health and that of their family and friends when attending gatherings without taking precautions,” Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford said. “We can work together across our communities to contain the spread and I urge parents to be aware of activities your kids attend.”
Preliminary information indicates a significant increase in cases among high school age students and those numbers could change as case investigation continues in the three counties.
In Oakland County, COVID-19 cases among 15 – 19-year-olds in the South Lyon area increased from three cases during late-June to mid-July to 42 from mid-July to early August.
For Livingston County, cases increased from three cases during late-June to mid-July to 19 from mid-July to early August and in Genesee County, cases increased from 19 during late-June to mid-July to 94 from mid-July to early August.
The three health departments are conducting case investigations to identify individuals who have potentially been exposed. Initial information has determined that 15 – 19-year-olds from Oakland, Livingston and Genesee attended at least six large gatherings.
If you attended a large gathering in the South Lyon and/or Fenton area during mid to late July and you think you are developing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 described below, call your physician or local health department.
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