Utah Announces 4 New COVID-19 Deaths, Confirmed Cases Over 2,100
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Four more people have died of COVID-19 in Utah, according to numbers released by health officials. The number of confirmed cases has jumped another 126 people.
As of numbers released Friday around 1 p.m., there have been 17 deaths in the Beehive State, 2,102 people have tested positive for coronavirus, and 183 people have been hospitalized.
A total of 40,762 people have been tested. Just over 5 percent of people who have been tested have been confirmed to carry the virus.
State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said all four fatalities were men over the age of 60. Three were from Salt Lake County, and one was from Utah County.
Two of the three from Salt Lake County had been living in different long-term care facilities.
Dunn said Utah can now test anyone with symptoms. She said anyone with fever, cough or shortness of breathe can, and should, be tested to help health officials understand the spread of the virus.
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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.
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.
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