Utah Jumps Nearly 550 New Cases Of Coronavirus
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – There has been an increase of 546 new cases of coronavirus, according to the Utah Department of Health, marking the highest single day increase.
Officials reported 11,798 total positive cases in the state in their daily update Saturday. Of those, 6,939 were considered to be “recovered.”
The previous one-day high for new cases came just the day before, with 439.
One additional death has been reported – a Weber County man over the age of 85. He had been living in a long-term facility.
Officials said 121 people have died of COVID-19 related illnesses in Utah.
Health officials said an additional 20 people have been hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began to 890. Patients currently being treated in hospitals was at 116.
Nearly 235,150 people have tested in the state, with a one-day increase of 2,952.
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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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