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COVID-19 case counts continue to climb in Utah, with 12 more dead

Aug 18, 2021, 2:14 PM | Updated: 4:57 pm

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Healthcare workers care for a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. (Intermountain Healthcare)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 1,488 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with the deaths of 12 more Utahns from the disease. 

Since the start of the pandemic, that means health officials in Utah have recorded 449,259 cases of COVID-19 and 2,549 deaths. 

Additionally, UDOH reports a rolling 7-day average of positive tests at 1,004 per day. That represents the first time since February that number has topped 1,000. 

Hospitals currently report 398 Utahns being treated for COVID-19. Of those, 155 require intensive care treatment. 

Unvaccinated Utahns continue to be more likely to become sick with COVID-19 as well as wind up in the hospital or die as a result of the virus. According to state data, since Feb. 1, 2021, your risk of testing positive for COVID-19 if you are unvaccinated is 5.5 times greater than that of a vaccinated person. Unvaccinated people are 5.8 times more likely to wind up in the hospital than vaccinated people. And their risk of death is 8.1 times greater.

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Chart: Utah Department of Health via https://coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts/

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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.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • 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).
  • Obtain a flu shot.
  • Seek out the COVID-19 vaccine.

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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