HEALTH

Utah likely sets unofficial new record for COVID-19 cases in one day

Dec 31, 2021, 12:58 PM | Updated: 1:07 pm
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Cars lined up two deep for several blocks at a COVID-19 testing site run by NOMI Health near Herriman City Hall on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. Photo: Becky Bruce, KSL NewsRadio

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported more than 4,700 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, possibly surpassing the previous record for cases in a single day. 

Possible new COVID-19 record set in Utah 

In a series of tweets, health officials pointed out that number would represent one of the largest numbers of single-day COVID-19 cases in Utah if not a record.

The health department does not release official COVID-19 data on holidays and weekends. Therefore, so we may not know for sure whether the state broke a record until next week. But in light of the high numbers, the agency urged unvaccinated Utahns to seek out the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraged those who did not yet receive a booster shot to do so. 

“If you have ANY symptoms, get tested immediately,” the department tweeted, asking people who test positive to stay home and isolate from other people. “And if you’re attending a gathering this weekend, protect yourself and others by wearing a mask.”  


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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