9 More Utahns Die Of COVID-19; 2,956 New Cases Confirmed
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health has reported an additional 9 people have died from COVID-19 in the state, and 2,956 new cases. Over 400 people were currently hospitalized.
The high numbers continued the increasing trend over the last week. Over the last three days, there have been 33 deaths in Utah and 8,750 new cases.
Health officials reported 17 deaths Friday, the largest single-day increase in the state,
In Utah, 658 people have died as a result of contracting the novel coronavirus. In their latest report, health officials said four residents of Salt Lake County, two residents in both Davis and Utah counties, and one person in Juab County have died.
Salt Lake County
The deaths in Salt Lake County included a woman age 45 to 64, and three men between the ages of 45 to 64, 65-84 and older than 85. All four were hospitalized.
There have been 329 deaths related to COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began.
Two Utah County residents were both living in long-term care facilities when they died of COVID-19. One was a woman between the ages of 65 to 84. The other was a man older than 85.
There have been 95 deaths in the county.
Both Davis County deaths were men between the ages of 65 to 84 who were receiving treatment in the hospital.
The deaths bring the COVID-19 toll to 48 in the county.
A Juab County woman also lost her life to the virus. Health officials said she was between the ages of 65 to 84 and living in a long-term care facility.
There have been 13 deaths in the Central Utah Health District, which also includes Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne Counties.
Cases Continue To Rise
The addition of nearly 3,000 new cases has increased the total in the Beehive State to 130,235. Officials said 1,149,506 people have been tested – an increase of 12,680 since Friday.
The last three days have been the highest three one-day increased in the state, with 2,956 reported Saturday, 2,987 on Friday and 2,807 Thursday. Only one other day has topped 2,000 cases, with 2,349 reported on Thursday, Oct. 29.
There was concern about a potential spike due to Halloween, but officials had not said if they believed the increase was a direct result of holiday gatherings or trick-or-treating.
Officials reported the 7-day average of positive test results at 2,213 per day, and a rate of 19.9 percent of those tests coming back with a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis.
The rate of positive tests in Saturday’s numbers was 23.3 percent.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Top 400
The number of people receiving medical treatment for COVID-19 in the hospital was reported at 410 – a record for number of hospitalizations.
There have been 6,020 Utahns hospitalized for the virus since the pandemic began.
Officials reported 175 people occupying ICU beds across the state and 218 patients on ventilators. Nearly 77 percent of ICU beds were in use.
National, Global Numbers
Coronavirus cases across the U.S. have increased to 9,581,770 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials reported 234,264 Americans dead after contracting the virus.
The latest numbers from the World Health Organization indicated over 49.1 million confirmed cases and more than 1,239,000 deaths across the globe.
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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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