CORONAVIRUS

6 Deaths, 339 New COVID-19 Cases Reported; 208 Patients Currently Hospitalized

Jul 29, 2020, 12:59 PM | Updated: 8:03 pm

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A member of the dialysis prepares to treat a patient with coronavirus in the intensive care unit at a hospital on May 1, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland. The coronavirus death toll in D.C., Virginia and Maryland surpassed 2,000 people on Friday as the District recorded its largest number of daily infections thus far. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY, UtahThe Utah Department of Health on Wednesday announced six new deaths and 339 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There are currently 208 patients hospitalized with the virus, and 88 of those are in intensive care units. Another 24 patients are hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation.

According to UDOH, 51.4% of all non-ICU beds and 69.1% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied.

So far, 39,194 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19, and 518,191 people have been tested. The rolling seven-day average is 511 positive tests per day, or 9.6% of those tested. The state has had multiple days with positive tests below 500 this week. Gov. Gary Herbert has issued a goal for Utah to have seven-day average below 500 before Aug. 1.

A total of 292 people have died. On Wednesday, UDOH reported the following deaths:

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

The state is considering 26,643 patients as 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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6 Deaths, 339 New COVID-19 Cases Reported; 208 Patients Currently Hospitalized