One Death, 578 New COVID-19 Cases & 44 Additional Hospitalizations Reported
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Utah Department of Health reported 578 new cases of COVID-19, with 44 more hospitalizations and one death Saturday.
The victim was a San Juan County female above the age 85, who was hospitalized at the time of her death. Overall, 167 people have died from the virus in Utah as of Saturday.
Health officials said 44 more people have been hospitalized, bringing the number of people currently hospitalized to 189. In Utah, 62.4% of all ICU beds were occupied as of Saturday.
On Friday, officials said 170 people had been hospitalized due to the virus.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,365 people have been hospitalized.
Officials also reported 578 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 20,628. That represented a daily increase of 2.9% from Friday.
Of those cases, 11,658 were considered recovered as of Saturday.
Officials said 5,234 more people were tested for COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of tests administered to 322,802. Utah’s rate of positive tests was at 6.4%.
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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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