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499 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Death, 32 More Hospitalizations Announced

FILE (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials announced 499 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Utah, 32 additional hospitalizations, and 1 more death.

There have been a total of 22,716 confirmed cases, 1,476 hospitalizations, and 173 deaths so far.

Officials with the Utah Department of Health said Wednesday there were 2,605 tests administered since the previous report.

Nearly 20 Percent Of Tests Since Tuesday Came Back Positive

With nearly 500 additional confirmed cases, the rate was a staggering 19 percent of people tested who were positive for the virus – much higher than Utah’s 6.6 percent rate overall since the pandemic began.

In total, there have been 343,358 tests given in the state.

Officials said there were currently 194 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

The latest victim of the disease was a male Salt Lake County resident, between the ages of 65 to 84. He was hospitalized when he died. His identity was not released.

There have been over 2.6 million cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 127,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 44,000 new cases were reported since Tuesday.

The World Health Organization reported over 10.3 million confirmed cases worldwide, and 508,000 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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