Health Officials Announce 5th Death Related To COVID-19 In Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Weber-Morgan Health Department on Tuesday announced the first death related to COVID-19 in its district.
The patient died Sunday, health officials said.
The woman was a resident of Weber County and was between the ages of 18 – 60. The individual was a resident in a long-term care facility and had underlying medical conditions that put her at high risk for complications from COVID-19, according to a statement from WMHD.
Authorities said the patient had been reported to public health as a positive case through COVID-19 testing conducted last week. She was previously receiving hospice services.
“We want the family and the staff and residents at the care facility to know our heartfelt condolences,” WMHD Executive Director Brian Bennion said. “We appreciate the prompt actions of the care facility to recognize and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. They immediately implemented prevention measures to protect the other residents and their staff.”
According to the health department statement, the facility identified all those who had close contact with the patient, including residents and staff. Those at risk for exposure have been notified to begin self-monitoring.
Members of the Healthcare Associated Infection Team from the Utah Department of Health were brought in to assist with the investigation, according to the statement.
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