Four Of Most Recent COVID-19 Deaths From Long-Term Care Facilities
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn announced five more people have died from the novel coronavirus since Sunday. Overall, 13 Utahns have died from COVID-19.
Four of the victims announced Monday died at long term care facilities in Salt Lake and Utah counties. The state is now investigating those deaths.
In all, 23 residents and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at the Salt Lake County facility. Another ten residents tested negative. They have been moved to a sister location, according to Dunn.
“They are housed in a separate wing of the facility and are being cared for by the dedicated staff,” she said.
Two additional deaths were reported at a Utah County long term care location. Officials said both individuals were over the age of 65 and likely had underlying health conditions.
“We are working with Utah County to do a full investigation of this outbreak,” Dunn said.
Officials with the Utah County Health Department said those who were potentially exposed have been instructed to quarantine at home.
“Quarantine at home means individuals should not leave home for ANY reason, except when advised by their health care provider to seek medical care in person,” UCHD officials said. “They should not go to work, school, or any public place, including stores, malls, theatres, restaurants, or any other retail establishment. They should not visit family or friends or have any visitors at home.”
Dunn did not release the name of either facility.
The other death announced Monday was a male who died in a Salt Lake County hospital. Dunn said he is an older adult who was under the age of 60 and had an underlying condition.
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