Utah Reports Over 1,000 New COVID-19 Cases For Second Day
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health has reported over 1,000 new cases of positive coronavirus cases in the state for the second day in a row. Three more people have died.
There was an increase of 1,077 cases since Friday, when officials reported 1,117 cases.
The cases came from 8,213 tests administered across the state, meaning 13.1 percent of all those tested were positive for the virus.
Saturday’s numbers included a rolling 7-day average of 796 new cases per day, and a 12.7 percent positive rate.
With three additional deaths, the number of fatalities linked to COVID-19 increased to 440.
One was a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 and 64. She was being treated in the hospital.
Another woman from Utah County between the ages of 65 and 84 also succumbed to the disease. She was not hospitalized at the time of her death.
A Washington County man between the ages of 45 to 64 also died. He had been hospitalized.
Health officials said 137 people were being treated in the hospital – and increase of 6 since Friday. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been 3,477 hospitalizations.
Officials also reported 50,957 of the state’s cases were considered to be “recovered.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported over 6.7 million total cases in the United States, and nearly 198,100 deaths.
There have been nearly 30.4 million cases across the globe and 949,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The US accounts for 22 percent of cases worldwide, and 20 percent of all deaths.
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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.
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