Utah Health Officials Report 329 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 New Deaths
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday announced 329 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths.
The two patients who died were both Salt Lake County men who were between the ages of 60 – 85. Both were hospitalized at the time of death. One of the men was a resident of a long-term care facility.
There have been a total of 14,937 cases and 145 deaths in the state, according to UDOH.
Of the confirmed cases, 1,073 required hospitalization. There are currently 143 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Utah hospitals. That number has increased by 32 since Monday.
The state has issued 275,700 tests, and the rate of positives is at 5.4% of total tested.
An estimated 8,470 patients are considered “recovered.” A case with a diagnosis date of more than three weeks ago, who has not passed away, is considered recovered, according to UDOH.
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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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