Health Dept. reports Covid fatalities are getting younger

Fatalities under 50 much higher now than last winter

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department is putting a number on the younger fatality rate we are seeing now from Covid-19.

Back in the winter surge, we saw that only 4% of the deaths were under 50 years old.

But over the Delta variant surge of the last 3 months, 22% of deaths have been under 50.

“We extend our sympathy to all of our community members who have lost a loved one to COVID-19,” says Health Department Interim Administrator Sabrina Novak. “A greater number of young people are being hospitalized and dying compared to last year. We strongly recommend that anyone eligible get vaccinated to protect themselves from becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.”

Visit or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 423-209-8383 to find a vaccination event near you.

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