State officials are seeing the early signs of a new surge of coronavirus cases — only they’re not hitting everyone.

Is there a new COVID-19 surge?

Officials suggest that younger people are spreading the novel coronavirus and creating a new surge of cases, CNN reports.

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told CNN that older people are avoiding this surge — for the most part — because of vaccinations.

  • “People over 65, a large proportion of them, have been vaccinated, are protected. That’s one of the reasons we have not seen a huge spike in hospitalizations,” Jha told CNN. “A lot of the spread is happening among younger people ... that’s the group that is moving around, kind of relaxing, getting infected.”
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However, Jha said the COVID-19 cases have jumped because of spring break and states reopening too quickly.

  • “We’re weeks away from a point where we can begin to do these things a bit more safely, but I think states have just moved too fast,” Jha told CNN.

So far, about 50.5 million people — which is about 15.5% of the U.S. population — has received the full COVID-19 vaccination, according to NPR.

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Where is the new COVID-19 surge happening?

Multiple states have reported an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

  • Florida — a hot spot for the spring break weather — has seen rising COVID-19 cases, especially among younger people, according to The New York Times.
  • New York and New Jersey reported rising coronavirus infection rates recently, according to The Associated Press.
  • CNN reports that Michigan officials believe they are already in the middle of a COVID-19 surge, too.

The cases have jumped likely due to new variants making their way through those highly populated areas and because of reopening measures, Axios reports.

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