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Southern Utah University Confirms First Case Of COVID-19

FILE: Southern Utah University. (SUU/Facebook)

CEDAR CITY, Utah – A student at Southern Utah University has tested positive for COVID-19, according to university officials.

Officials said the student does not live on campus and has been placed in a 14-day quarantine. The student was not hospitalized and was recovering at home.

SUU officials encouraged students who are able to transition to their hometown and permanent residence.

State officials announced Friday there are 1,246 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah. Seven people have died from the virus.

Officials with the Southwest Utah Public Health Department have confirmed 33 coronavirus cases in their jurisdiction.

Over 24,200 people have been tested in Utah and 106 have been hospitalized. State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said the state is not currently tracking the number of recovered individuals because 90% of cases are recovering at home and health officials do not have to track them.

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.

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

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