CORONAVIRUS UTAH

863 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 New Deaths Reported Ahead Of Pioneer Day Weekend

Jul 24, 2020, 1:04 PM | Updated: 1:15 pm
FILE (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah The Utah Department of Health on Friday announced 863 new COVID-19 cases and six new deaths in the state.

Currently, 225 people are hospitalized with the virus. Ninety-seven of those patients are in intensive care units. Another 25 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation.

According to UDOH, 53.9% of all non-ICU beds and 68.1% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are now occupied.

So far, there have been 2,188 total hospitalizations and 273 deaths in the state.

Authorities reported the following deaths Friday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, between 65-84, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, between 65-84, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death

There have been 36,962 positive COVID-19 cases in Utah so far.

Due to lower case numbers earlier in the week, the state’s seven-day rolling average 614 positive cases per day, or at 9.1% of those tested. That number down from 10% on Sunday.

Gov. Gary Herbert has challenged Utahns to get the rolling average to 500 cases or fewer by Aug. 1.

The state is considering 23,715 patients “recovered,” meaning those patients received a positive diagnosis 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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863 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 New Deaths Reported Ahead Of Pioneer Day Weekend