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2 More Deaths, 1,068 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health reported 2 more coronavirus-related deaths in the state and 1,068 additional confirmed cases.

The number of people hospitalized has dropped slightly to 176.

Officials said the latest deaths were a Wasatch County man between the ages of 65 to 84, who was in a long-term care facility, and a Juab County man older than 85 – also a long-term care facility resident.

The total number of Utah deaths related to COVID-19 has increased to 476. The health department reported 15 deaths Friday – some of which were from previous months but had since been ruled as caused by the disease associated with the virus.

Health officials said the total number of confirmed cases has increased to 76,225. The 7-day rolling average of positive tests was reported at 951 per day.

There was an increase of 7,097 people tested Saturday, with a total of 852,680 since the pandemic began.

The rate of positive tests since Friday was over 15 percent, with a rolling 7-day average of 13.9 percent.

Officials reported the number of people hospitalized dropped 24 since Friday. Earlier in the week, there were over 200 people getting treatment.

 

There have been 3,956 total hospitalizations in Utah.

 

Just over 56,750 cases were reported as recovered.

There have been over 7.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 207,000 people have died.

The World Health Organization has reported nearly 35.5 million cases  and 1,025,729 deaths across the globe. With about 4 percent of the world population, the US accounts for 20 percent of all cases and 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 is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

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