887 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Utah, including 5 deaths

Posted at 12:42 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 15:17:01-04

The Utah Department of Health reports there are now 887 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Utah.

Five people in Utah have died from the virus.

On Tuesday, the Health Department reported there have been 73 COVID-19-related hospitalizations - a hospitalization rate of about eight percent.

So far, 18,513 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Utah, and the rate of positive COVID-19 test results is slightly below five percent.

The Weber-Morgan Health Department announced the first coronavirus-related death for Weber County and the fifth for the State of Utah.

According to a news release from the Weber-Morgan Health Dept., the woman was between the ages of 18-60, she had underlying health problems, and she died on Sunday.

"The individual had underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe disease and complication from COVID-19. She was previously receiving hospice services for some time," the news release said.

The Weber-Morgan Health Department is working with others, including care facility residents and staff members, who had contact with the woman. So far, there have been no other COVID-19 cases linked to her.

“Assuring the health and safety of vulnerable populations, like those living in longterm care facilities is an important part of the public health response,” said Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health, in the news release. “We’ve worked hard with our partners at local health departments to ensure these facilities are aware of the steps they can take to limit the spread of COVID-19 among their residents.”

Dunn said the Central Utah Health District has recorded its first COVID-19 case, and all of Utah's health districts now have at least one case.

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