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New Projection Shows Fewer Potential COVID-19 Deaths In Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Washington has updated its COVID-19 projections.

The university’s numbers have previously been used by the White House to show potential deaths in the United States related to the coronavirus.

The most recent projections show improved numbers for Utah. Last week’s model showed the Beehive State could suffer nearly 600 deaths by August. The new model has now predicted 186 deaths by August, with a peak of seven deaths in one day.

Multiple counties in Utah have implemented stay-at-home orders since the last time the number were analyzed.

According to the University of Washington, the projections are based on a statistical model that’s based “assuming social distancing measures are maintained.”

The data also shows that when Utah likely won’t have a shortage of ICU beds during the coronavirus peak.


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.  

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.   

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 consumerprotection@utah.gov. 

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