CORONAVIRUS

Second Washington County COVID-19 Case Confirmed

Mar 21, 2020, 10:35 PM
A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell H...
A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Lake Success, N.Y. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved faster testing protocols as the viral outbreak continues to spread worldwide. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Southwest Utah Public Health Department officials have confirmed the second case of COVID-19 in Washington County.

Officials said the second case appears to be travel-related and the individual is receiving medical care.

“Residents of Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, and Garfield counties are encouraged to protect themselves and others by staying at home when possible and not gathering in groups over 10 people,” officials said in a Facebook post Saturday night.

The case brings the total number of confirmed cases in Utah to at least 137.

A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the five-county district served by the Southwest Utah Public Health…

Posted by Southwest Utah Public Health Department on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Officials with the Utah Department of Health confirmed a Weber State student-athlete tested positive for the virus during their daily update Saturday.

Of the 137 cases, 125 are Utah residents and 11 are visitor cases; it was not immediately clear if the individual from the second Washington County case is a resident or visitor.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

 

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Second Washington County COVID-19 Case Confirmed