Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rises To 602 In Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Utah has risen to 602, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The updated numbers were released around noon Saturday. Those numbers rose 122 from Friday.
Two people have died from the virus while more than 11,000 people have been tested.
— Utah.gov (@UtahGov) March 28, 2020
Gov. Gary Herbert issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive Friday. He asked Utahns to work from their homes if they can, self-isolate, practice social distancing, wash their hands, avoid touching their faces, frequently clean often-touched surfaces, and avoid handshakes.
We are in the throes of a very challenging time. All of us are making difficult adjustments, some big, and some small, to our daily lives. Today I'm issuing a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive to all Utahns.
— Gary R. Herbert (@GovHerbert) March 27, 2020
He said the directive would be an “augmentation” to the guidelines that were already put in place across the state.
“There’s no better place for you to be safe than in your own home,” said Herbert.
He urged families to not arrange playdates for children at home from school. He also encouraged Utahns to avoid public playgrounds where the coronavirus could spread.
— Matt Rascon (@MattRasconNews) March 28, 2020
Access to Utah State Parks were made available only to those who live within the county where the park is located.
Changes were also announced for Salt Lake City International Airport, making it more restrictive for people to pick-up and drop off travelers.
— Matt Rascon (@MattRasconNews) March 27, 2020
Summit County has seen the most impact from the spread of the coronavirus. The county has 127 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Saturday.
Gov. Gary Herbert issued a “stay-at-home” order for Summit County Wednesday due to reports of a high infection rate. The order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will remain in effect until May 1.
“All persons may leave their residences only for ‘essential activities,’ ‘essential governmental functions,’ ‘essential travel,’ or to operate ‘essential businesses,’” the order stated.
Restaurants were included in the order as essential businesses, but were limited to curbside pick-up and drive-thru service.
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