The slowed efforts come as the state inches closer to crossing 6,000 deaths. All the while, the number of cases has skewed more heavily toward younger residents.
Most of those who have tested positive for infection in California fall between the ages of 18 and 49, according to state data. That group consists of 118,900 individuals, the bulk of the state's more than 500,000 cases. Some counties break those numbers down further. In L.A. County, 41% of the nearly 100,000 cases are now among individuals between the ages of 18 and 40.
"While cases in this age range typically have low risk for serious illness or death, Public Health is concerned they may unknowingly infect parents, grandparents, and friends and family who have underlying health conditions and who are at greater risk for serious illness and death," the health department shared in a statement Sunday.
In Riverside County, which accounts for the second-highest number of cases in the state, residents between the ages of 18 and 39 account for more than 5,900. In San Bernardino County, more than 2,100 people between the ages of 18 and 29 have been infected, and more than 2,200 people between the ages of 30 and 39 have been infected.
The age of those testing positive is shifting younger. In June, 55% of those testing positive were 40 years and younger, compared with 38% in that group in April.
"It's a sign that younger people are playing a major role in driving the increase in new cases and potentially infecting vulnerable individuals," the county said.
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