Utah Reports 4 New Deaths, 407 New COVID-19 Cases, 118 Current Hospitalizations
Aug 26, 2020, 12:39 PM | Updated: 6:27 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday reported four new deaths and 407 new COVID-19 cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 376 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 8.6%. The state has tested 637,329 people so far, and 50,174 of those tests returned positive.
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There are currently 118 patients hospitalized with the virus, 40 of which are in intensive care units. Another 12 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. UDOH reports that 53.4% of all non-ICU beds and 64.9% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied.
A total of 401 Utahns have died from the virus. The following deaths were reported Wednesday:
- Male, between 25 and 44, Davis County resident, unknown if individual was hospitalized or resident of a long-term care facility
- Male, between 60 and 84, Salt Lake County resident, resident of a long-term care facility
- Male, between 45 and 64, Utah County resident, resident of a long-term care facility
- Male, older than 85, Wasatch County resident, resident of a long-term care facility
The state is considering 41,937 cases 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, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services 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.