HEALTH

New COVID-19 numbers show Utah case counts continue to drop

Aug 24, 2020, 1:52 PM
Utah COVID-19 update...
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported an additional 249 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of positive cases in Utah to 49,364.

Utah health officials consider 41,164 cases of COVID-19 in the state to be “recovered.” A case with a diagnosis of more than three weeks ago, who has not passed away, is considered recovered.

COVID-19 deaths in Utah

The number of deaths has increased to 390, which the Department of Health says is five more than yesterday.  The deceased include a male between the ages of 45 and 64 in Davis County; a male older than 85 in San Juan County; a female, between the ages of 45 and 64 in Uintah County; a female older than age 85 in Utah County; and a female, between the ages of 65 and 84, in Wasatch County. Three of the people were hospitalized at the time of their death, one was a resident in a long-term care facility.

The increase in the number of people tested is 1,518.  The total number of Utahns tested for COVID-19 is now 626,354. This number represents approximately 22.6% of Utah’s total population according to population information provided by the U.S. Census.

New cases of COVID-19 and Utah goals

As of Monday, August 24, the Utah Department of Health reports 130 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19. Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the total number of people hospitalized in Utah has been 2,941.

Of particular importance to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is the rolling 7-day average, which on Monday was reported to be 350 positive cases of COVID-19. On August 10, 2020, Gov. Herbert issued a new Utah Challenge to decrease the rolling seven-day average to 400 cases.


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

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