444 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths In Utah, Health Officials Report
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Monday reported 444 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.
That brings the total number of cases to 17,906 and the total deaths to 158 in Utah.
The state has issued 299,312 tests, and the rate of positives is now 6.0%. That number has grown steadily since a week ago, when the rate of positives was at 5.4%.
Over the past seven days, there have been an average of 471 new confirmed cases each day, according to the UDOH.
Of the total confirmed cases, 1,192 of them required hospitalization, an increase of eight new hospitalizations since Sunday. There are currently 171 positive COVID-19 cases hospitalized.
An estimated 9,863 patients are considered recovered, which means they had a diagnosis date of more than three weeks ago and they have not passed away.
Nationwide, new COVID-19 cases surged, with spikes in Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and South Carolina. Florida, however, had the most dramatic increase as coronavirus cases surpassed 100,000.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases across the country per day has reached more than 26,000. That’s up from the approximate 21,000 cases reported two weeks ago.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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