350 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths Reported; 210 Currently Hospitalized
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Sunday announced 350 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.
Sunday’s case count, which is a marked reduction from Saturday’s 661 new cases and Friday’s 863 new cases – has helped bring the seven-day rolling average down 541 cases per day, or 9.1% of those tested.
So far, the state has tested 505,351 tests.
Gov. Gary Herbert has issued a challenge to Utahns to bring the seven-day average of new cases to below 500 by Aug. 1.
Currently, 210 patients are hospitalized with the virus. Eighty-three of those patients are in intensive care units, and another 41 patients are hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. According to UDOH, 47% of all non-ICU beds and 62% of all ICU beds are currently occupied.
The state is considering 24,798 patients as recovered, meaning those patients 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.
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