3 More Deaths, 629 New COVID-19 Cases In Utah; 209 Patients Currently Hospitalized
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Sunday reported that three more people have died and 629 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.
There are currently 209 patients hospitalized for the coronavirus – 84 of which are in ICU beds. An additional 67 patients are also hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation.
UDOH reported that 70.3% of all the state’s ICU beds are now occupied, and 52.2% of non-ICU beds are occupied.
In a press conference Friday, health care leaders from around the state said the numbers reported by the Department of Health do not accurately reflect how many ICU beds are occupied, though. The state that day reported ICU beds were at 55.6% capacity.
Mark Briesacher, the chief physician executive at Intermountain Healthcare, said that number on Friday was actually 72% for the state.
Utah so far has had 29,484 cases of COVID-19, 1,824 total hospitalizations, and 215 deaths. The state has issued 413,352 tests.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 664 per day, which is 10.1% of those tested.
The recently-reported deaths include a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 – 64 who was not hospitalized at the time of death, a Utah County man between the ages of 25 – 44 who was hospitalized at the time of death, and a Garfield County woman between the ages of 65 – 84 who was hospitalized at the time of death.
An estimated 17,303 cases are considered recovered, which applies to those who received a diagnosis date of more than three weeks ago who have not died.
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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, 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.
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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