Bryan Health has seen nearly as many juveniles test positive for COVID-19 as elderly people
"I think its a misconception to think it's only attacking the elderly," said Bob Ravenscroft, vice president of advancement.
Bryan Health has seen nearly as many children test positive for COVID-19 as it has elderly people.
Of the 296 total positive tests at Bryan facilities to date, 7% (about 20 people) have been under the age of 18. That’s compared to slightly more than 8% (about 23 people) who have been 65 years of age or older.
“I think its a misconception to think it’s only attacking the elderly,” said Bob Ravenscroft, vice president of advancement.
Ravenscroft says the coronavirus “doesn’t discriminate,” and affects people of all ages, races and genders.
As of Thursday morning, Bryan Health had conducted 3,450 tests. Nearly 300 people were tested Wednesday by Bryan, which has 444 pending test results.
Here’s a breakdown by age of the 296 patients who have tested positive at Bryan Health:
- 7% – people 18 or younger
- 37% – people 19-44 years of age
- 29% – people 45-54 years of age
- 19% – people 55-64 years of age
- 6% – people 65-74 years of age
- 2% – people 75-84 years of age
- .003% (1 person) – people 85 or older
Bryan Health currently has 15 in-house COVID-19 positive patients. Of those, four are on ventilators and six are in intensive care.
The World Health Organization says 65 years of age is a generally accepted definition of an “elderly” or “older person.”