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Utah Sets New Record With 722 New COVID-19 Cases; 7 New Deaths Reported

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials on Wednesday reported 722 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, a new record for cases reported in a single day in Utah.

A total of 24.8% of the total test results (2,911) reported for Wednesday came back positive.

Along with the record number of cases comes the report of seven new deaths and 25 new hospitalizations, according to the Utah Department of Health.

There have been a total of 26,755 confirmed cases, 1,678 hospitalizations and 201 deaths in Utah so far.

Wednesday’s reported deaths include:

  • Male, between 45-64, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Washington County resident, long term care facility resident
  • Female, older than 85,Salt Lake County, long term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long term care facility resident
  • Male, between 45-64, San Juan County resident, hospitalized at time of death

“Today’s positive case counts represent another daily record, and further reinforce the need for Utah residents to be taking the appropriate precautions to protect themselves and those around them,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn. “Please, wear a mask in public, practice physical distancing, stay home if you are sick, and wash your hands regularly. We are all part of the solution.”

The state has issued 385,760 tests so far, and 7% of those tests have come back positive.

Currently, there are 199 positive COVID-19 cases hospitalized, with 84 of those patients in ICU beds. UDOH also reports that there are 51 patients currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation.

Forty-six percent of all non-ICU hospital beds are occupied, and 61.2% of all ICU hospital beds are occupied.

An estimated 15,178 patients are considered “recovered,” meaning they were diagnosed more than three weeks ago and they have not died.


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.  

How To Get Help  

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, go to TestingUtah.com to schedule a test, or contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth service 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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