257 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Utah

Mar 23, 2020, 1:36 PM | Updated: 2:44 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah rose to 257 Monday – up 76 cases from Sunday.

There are now confirmed cases in every health district in the state.

According to the Utah Department of Health, 244 patients are Utah residents and 13 are visitors.

The state reported its first death related to COVID-19 on Sunday. The victim was a Davis County man who was hospitalized Saturday.

His name has not been made public. No new deaths have been reported since.

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State epidemiologist Angela Dunn said testing is accelerating in the state and the virus is infecting adults ages 25 to 65 at the same.

“This is telling us that all adults are susceptible to COVID-19”, Dunn said. “Those over the age of 65 are most likely to be hospitalized.”

As of Monday, 1,500 Utahns are being tested daily. Dunn said up to 3,000 tests could be administered daily by the end of the week, providing the supply chain holds steady in the state. Dunn also iterated there is no backlog for testing here.

Health care professionals are constantly reinforcing the message that social distancing and thorough hand washing are the best defense against the disease.

Dunn said Sunday night’s emotional meetings between family members and missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Salt Lake City International Airport illustrated how social distancing can get lost in everyday life.

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox expressed his disappointment in those groups, calling the gatherings “unacceptable.”

Dunn said she did not know if any of the missionaries had been quarantined prior to their arrival from points around the world.

“It highlights the need to be sure everyone is aware of social distancing even if it disrupts what we normally do,” she said.

She added she would expect the missionaries to be isolated for the next two weeks.

Groups meeting returning missionaries at the airport Monday showed more restrain, following directions given by Church officials to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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257 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Utah