Two More Virus-Related Deaths In Utah, 122 New Cases Reported
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two new COVID-19 deaths and 122 new cases have been reported by the Utah Department of Health.
Both of the victims were San Juan County residents and were hospitalized at the time of their death. One was a female older than 60 and the other was an older adult male under the age of 60, according to health officials.
Both had underlying medical conditions.
According to UDOH numbers released Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Utah was 2,805 and there were 23 total deaths.
Just over half of those cases were reported in Salt Lake County, with Utah County reporting 403 cases and Summit County reporting 311.
Salt Lake County officials said 94 men have tested positive for the virus at the South Salt Lake City homeless resource center.
Overall, 55,771 people have been tested and 244 Utahns have been hospitalized.
On Friday, state officials discussed working on reopening Utah’s economy with the plan “Utah Leads Together 2.0.” Governor Gary Herbert said Utah state parks have reopened to everyone except those parks under local health order restrictions. The governor also hopes to have further restrictions on restaurants, gyms and surgeries eased in May.
LIVE: Gov. Herbert and other state leaders are holding a press conference with details on how and when Utah will stabilize and reactivate the economy.
Posted by KSL 5 TV on Friday, April 17, 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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