Utah Reports 486 New COVID-19 Cases, 4 More Deaths; 186 Currently Hospitalized
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials on Tuesday announced 486 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths from the virus in Utah.
Currently, 186 patients are hospitalized with coronavirus. Ninety-six of those patients are in intensive care units. There are also 33 patients hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation.
According to UDOH, 45.7% of all non-ICU beds and 63.4% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are currently occupied.
The rolling seven-day average of positive tests is 610 per day, or 9.6%. That number has decreased slightly for the second day in a row.
The deaths reported Tuesday include a Davis County man between the ages of 65 – 84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility, a Salt Lake County woman older than 85 who was a resident of a long-term care facility, a Box Elder County man between the ages of 45 – 64 who was hospitalized at the time of death, and a Weber County man between the ages of 65 – 84 who was not hospitalized.
There have been 35,012 positive cases, 2,109 hospitalizations and 251 deaths since the pandemic began.
The state is reporting 22,032 patients as recovered, meaning they received a positive diagnosis more than three weeks ago and they 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 email@example.com.
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