HEALTH

Utah’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 39

Mar 16, 2020, 7:51 PM
Utah's state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn (at the podium) says there are now 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah. However, most people with mild symptoms are being advised to stay home because their immune system can fight off the disease. (Photo: Kelli Pierce)
(at the podium)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah now has 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the first reported cases in Tooele and Wasatch counties.

This is a jump from the 28 reported cases on Sunday.

In all, 29 Utah residents have tested positive for COVID-19, while the other 10 were travelers to the state.

Those travelers are self-quarantining in Utah.

Over 700 people have been screened for COVID-19 in Utah.

However, the Utah Department of Public Health is reminding people that they can take steps to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Utah’s state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said at a news conference on Monday that a student at Wasatch High School in Wasatch County has tested positive for the disease. It is a case of possible community spread, and students and staff have been quarantined as a precaution.

The case in Tooele County is travel-related, as is most COVID-19 cases in Utah, according to Dr. Dunn.

Dr. Dunn also encouraged younger people and those who are generally healthy to stay home if they think they have a mild case of the Coronavirus.

“Most people will fight off the virus with their own immune system. If they do feel like they need an extra level of care, they need to call their provider or use telehealth, and their provider will advise them on their…suitability for being tested,” Dunn said.

This will ensure that the healthcare system is not overwhelmed and the limited supply of tests are saved for those who need it most.

But hanging out with a few family members and friends at your house should be okay for most people.

“As long as you’re not symptomatic, having those small gatherings are important during this time,” Dunn said.

As is regular exercise if you’re healthy to help boost your mood.

While Dr. Dunn praised Summit and Salt Lake counties for limiting public gatherings, she doesn’t feel the evidence shows the need for a statewide lockdown.

Today’s Top Stories

Health

The US Food and Drug Administration said it is closely working with drug manufacturers to assess a ...
Carma Hassan, CNN

Children’s painkillers in high demand as respiratory illnesses rise

The US Food and Drug Administration said it is closely working with drug manufacturers to assess the situation.
9 hours ago
President John F. Kennedy signs the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Cente...
Curt Gresseth

Is forcing the homeless into treatment the answer?

NYC Mayor Eric Adams has announced a program that involuntarily treats homeless people in "psychiatric crisis." A BYU psychologist weighs the New York approach against the ethics of patient autonomy.
1 day ago
Super agers have been identified by researchers as men and women over age 80 that have the cognitiv...
Curt Gresseth

SuperAgers — who are they, are you one, and can you become one?

SuperAgers are men and women older than 80 with the mental faculties of people decades younger.
2 days ago
Gov. Cox mental health...
Mark Jackson

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water released this week

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water was released Wednesday by Gov. Spencer Cox and state agencies.
2 days ago
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Wednesday two new cases of avian influenza....
Mark Jones

Two new cases of avian influenza announced Wednesday

Two new cases of avian influenza have been confirmed by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. The new cases are in Iron and Utah counties.
3 days ago
Utah Naloxone...
Devin Oldroyd

Utah Naloxone and law enforcement reach milestone in preventing overdose deaths

Utah Naloxone reports over 600 lives in Utah have been saved thanks to law enforcement's use of naloxone (Narcan®).
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Utah’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 39