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4 More Dead, 203 Additional Cases Of Coronavirus In Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Another four people have died of COVID-19 in the state, according to the latest numbers form the Utah Department of Health. The total number of confirmed cases has grown 203 people.

Officials said a male resident of Utah County age 65 to 84 died, along with three female residents of Salt Lake County.

One of the women was over the age of 85 and a resident in a long-term care facility. The other two were between the ages of 65 to 84. One of those women were also living in a care facility.

Their identities and the circumstances surrounding where the contracted the virus was not released.

The number of new positive tests matched the state’s single-highest day on April 2.

Health officials reported the total number of positive cases of the virus as 8,260. Nearly 4,900 cases were classified as recovered.

Utah medical workers have administered 190,779 tests – 3,945 more since Friday.

There has been an increase of 16 people hospitalized, bringing the total number to 676, with 108 people currently hospitalized.

The state’s most populated counties have had the highest number of deaths. Sixty-five people have died in Salt Lake County as of Saturday’s numbers, and 16 people have died in Utah County.

With the updated report, 97 people have died of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began.

As of Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 96,002 coronavirus deaths in the United States, with nearly 1.6 million total confirmed cases.

Utah has fared better than most neighboring states. As of the latest CDC numbers, there have been 1,232 COVID-19 deaths in Colorado, 775 in Arizona, and 387 in Nevada.

Idaho reported 79 deaths, and Wyoming has had 12 deaths.

Just over 28,800 people have died after contracting the novel coronavirus in New York.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 5.1 million cases worldwide, with over 333,000 deaths.


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 recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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.

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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