45 Cases Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Salt Lake County Correctional Facilities
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Utah Coronavirus Task Force said 45 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Salt Lake County correctional facilities.
Of the 45 cases confirmed Thursday, 27 were inmates and 18 were staff members, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn with the Utah Department of Health.
“The Salt Lake County Health Department has been doing excellent work in working with our correctional facilities to address these cases and prevent further spread,” she said.
Specifically, Dunn said inmates are screened twice a day for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone showing symptoms is isolated based on public health guidelines.
Employees at correctional facilities have been using personal protection equipment each day and they are screened for symptoms before each shift.
There have been 45 people associated with correctional facilities test positive for #COVID19 – 27 inmates and 18 staff. All of these have been in Salt Lake County. Procedures have been implemented at all facilities to reduce risk. #UtahCOVID19
— Utah.gov (@UtahGov) April 23, 2020
Dunn added inmates are quarantined for 14 days before leaving any facility and crews are using heightened cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
The announcement came after the state’s total number of cases rose by 167 to 3,612. One new virus-related death was reported Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 35.
Over 80,000 tests have been performed and state officials estimate 1,050 people have recovered from 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
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