5 Deaths, 887 Cases Of COVID-19 In Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday updated the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state to 887.
The department also announced the fifth coronavirus-related death in the state.
According to the UDOH, 18,513 people have been tested. Of the 887 confirmed cases, 73 required hospitalization.
Every health department jurisdiction in Utah has reported at least one confirmed case, state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said. The Salt Lake County Health Department had the highest number of cases at 402.
UDOH held its daily press update about an hour after Gov. Gary Herbert announced Utah’s full activation of the State Emergency Operations Center. The Level 1 activation will free up funds for increased testing and help find and deploy personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
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Posted by KSL 5 TV on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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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 service through your healthcare providers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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