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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates for Wednesday, April 8

Posted at 6:10 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 08:09:20-04

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8:22 PM - Kane County issues an Executive Order blocking some county access for non-county residents.

8:02 PM - FOX 13's Max Roth breaks down what Utah renters and their landlords need to know.

7:30 PM - Local authorities have created a way to report potential violations of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County's stay-at-home order, implemented to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Utah's most populous county.

6:59 PM - Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health announced two vital clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin.

4:10 PM - Congressman Ben McAdams said the Department of Health and Human Services has released $1.3 billion to nearly 1,400 health centers nationwide including $11.6 million to 13 health centers in Utah.

3:48 PM - Lt. Gov Spencer Cox discussed the potential of students returning to the classroom May 1, thinks it is unlikely but discussions are on-going.

2:08 PM - Utah County Health Department reports 267 COVID-19 cases in the county. The county has its own COVID-19 help line at 801-851-HELP (4357). The help line is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1:04 PM - According to Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, the air pollution levels that exist along the Wasatch Front during the winter inversion season could double a COVID-19 patient's risk of death.

12:43 PM - The Utah Department of Health's latest COVID-19 counts show there are 1,846 lab-confirmed cases in Utah. That's an increase of 108 cases in Utah since Tuesday's case counts were released. So far, the Health Department has received confirmed test results for 36,116 people. About five percent of those tests were positive. 158 of the 36,116 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Utah have required hospitalization - a hospitalization rate of about 8.5 percent. 13 people have died of COVID-19 in Utah.

12:15 PM - Governor Gary Herbert is expected to announce increased monitoring for COVID-19 from inbound travel.

11:41 AM - The CDC has some helpful information on stress and coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:00 AM - Comcast has made nearly 2,000 hours of educational programming and resources available to Xfinity video customers as part of the company’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Xfinity customers with X1 or Flex can say “Education” or, if their voice search language is set to Spanish, “Educación,” into the Xfinity Voice Remote to access content available to them by grades. The collection is a joint effort with Common Sense Media.

9:48 AM - Are you a small business owner looking for help from the federal government? Here are FAQs and resources.

9:15 AM - TriCounty Health Department reports six confirmed COVID-19 cases: four in Uintah County, two in Duchesne County and zero in Daggett County

8:16 AM - The Utah Department of Health and Spanish Fork Public Safety remind Utahns to consider whether or not some emergencies warrant 9-1-1 calls and ambulances. If you can answer "yes," to the following questions, consider other options: Do you really need an ambulance? Are there other transportation options? Can my injury be addressed in urgent care or by my primary health care provider? For questions about COVID-19, call 1-800-456-7707.

7:44 AM - The Utah Department of Heritage and Arts posted this information about a personal protective equipment donation drive: Got Masks? Give safety. UServeUtah, the state’s volunteer commission, is leading donation drives for personal protective gear for healthcare workers. “Utah’s amazing and generous giving spirit is unshaken and on display during this donation drive,” says LaDawn Stoddard, executive director. >>Fill out this form, and a team member will coordinate pickup of medical supplies: >>Donate funds or volunteer here:

7:00 AM - The Utah County Health Department answers the question: "What should I do if I see a large gathering of people at a location or business?" If you are concerned about a business not maintaining social distance, please reach out to that business or establishment. Click here for further details.

6:24 AM - Utah Coronavirus Task Force video: What We Can Do - Social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak means we need to stay away from one another, but that doesn’t mean our lives need to stop.

6:10 AM - Latest COVID-19 Confirmed Cases: 1,446,557 worldwide | 399,929 in the United States | 1,738 in Utah

6:10 AM - Latest COVID-19 Confirmed Cases: 1,446,557 worldwide | 399,929 in the United States | 1,738 in Utah