CORONAVIRUS UTAH

3 New Deaths From COVID-19 Reported In Utah; 1,097 Additional Cases

Oct 18, 2020, 12:52 PM | Updated: 1:01 pm
FILE (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health reported 1,097 new cases of coronavirus in the state and 3 additional deaths. The number of hospitalizations has climbed to 291.

Two women and a man died of COVID-19 related illnesses, bringing the total statewide to 543.

One woman and the man were Salt Lake County residents, both between the ages of 65 to 84. She was hospitalized at the time of death. He was a long-term care facility resident.

The other death was a Davis County woman between the ages of 45 and 64. She had been hospitalized.

Health officials said the increase in positive cases brought the total number since the state of the pandemic to 94,394 cases.

Nearly 974,000 people have been tested for the virus – 7,487 since the last update on Saturday and a 14.7 percent positive rate.

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 1,206 per day,” officials said in their report. “The rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 14.2 percent.”

More than 70,000 of the state’s cases were considered to be recovered from coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 8,081,489 total cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, and nearly 220,000 deaths.

Over 39.5 million cases have been reported across the globe, according to the World Health Organization, with more than 1.1 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.


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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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3 New Deaths From COVID-19 Reported In Utah; 1,097 Additional Cases