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Young adults held coronavirus party to defy orders to socially distance. Now one of them has coronavirus

The party goers intentionally got together "thinking they were invincible" and purposely defied state guidance to practice social distancing, officials said.

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At least one person in Kentucky is infected after taking part at a "coronavirus party" with a group of young adults, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.

The party goers intentionally got together "thinking they were invincible" and purposely defied state guidance to practice social distancing, Bashear said.

"This is one that makes me mad," the governor said. "We have to be much better than that."

While COVID-19 has been more deadly and severe for people older than 60 and those with underlying health issues in data from China, health officials and leaders around the country have been imploring young people to practice social distancing, because even people who are infected but without symptoms can transmit it to other people.

In fact, recent modeling based on Chinese data shows asymptomatic carriers of the virus may have been responsible for its initial rapid spread there.

The virus seems to be affecting young people in the United States more than it has in China. A report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed up to 20% of people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States are between the ages of 20 and 44.

In New York state, more than half of coronavirus cases -- 53% -- have been among young people between the ages of 18 and 49, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

California on Tuesday reported the first death in the United States of a COVID-19 patient younger than 18, and the family of a 12-year-old in Georgia said Sunday she was on a ventilator and fighting for her life in an Atlanta hospital.

There also have been "concerning reports from France and Italy" about young people becoming seriously ill, "and very seriously ill in the ICUs," Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, said last week.