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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates Friday April 24

Real-time alerts, advisories and closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak
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Posted at 5:46 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 22:46:35-04

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FRIDAY APRIL 24

8:43 PM - Salt Lake County officials have confirmed the first known case of COVID-19 in the Gail Miller Resource Center. They released the following statement:

The Salt Lake County Health Department is working directly with the services providers and will be testing individuals who are considered at risk for exposure, which includes about a hundred clients. Weeks of enhanced procedures to prevent the spread of the virus delayed a positive case for as long as possible. Those procedures included extra cleaning, further separation inside the resource center, and daily screenings for temperature or other symptoms, followed by testing, as needed.

8:09 PM - Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer announces third weekend curfew. More information here.

7:40 PM - Real Salt Lake and University of Utah medical students are holding a personal protective equipment drive for hard-hit Navajo Nation. Donations accepted at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 4 p.m.

7:00 PM - Governor Gary Herbert orders review of Utah's hydroxychloroquine stockpile

6:33 PM - Governor Gary Herbert says he may reduce Utah's risk level from "red" to "orange" as early as next week, clearing the way for more businesses to re-open.

5:36 PM - The Davis County Emergency Operations Center is seeking donations of homemade face masks/coverings and professional-grade PPE (masks, shields and gloves). Donations are being accepted at the Davis County Sheriff's Office Jail Lobby at 800 W State St. in Farmington.

4:03 PM - Representative Ben McAdams says more than $67 million in emergency K-12 funding is headed to Utah as part of the CARES act.

2:53 PM - The Salt Lake County Recorder's Office releases the office's operations during COVID-19 pandemic.

1:45 PM - Friday's updated coronavirus numbers in Utah: 4 more deaths bringing the total to 39; 170 new confirmed cases, total 3,782; 14 new hospitalizations, total 315; 4,070 more people tested bringing the total to 84,697.

1:20 PM - Fox 13 report: Some Sugarhouse businesses are brightening their windows and the moods of passersby.

1:09 PM - University of Utah Health posted this helpful video: "How Not to Get Coronavirus from Your Face Mask"

12:30 PM - Fox 13 report: The El Farol Mexican Restaurant has been a Midvale fixture for 52 years, but a lack of business is making them family who owns it struggle to keep it open.

11:40 AM - The University of Utah School of Medicine is hosting a student-run personal protective equipment (PPE) donation drive. They're collecting PPE at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Items needed:

  • N-95 respirator masks and other medical/industry face masks
  • Homemade cloth masks
  • Nitrile or vinyl gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Face shields
  • Disposable gowns
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes

Click here for further details.

11:20 AM - State liquor store in Moab closed after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19.

10:35 AM - University of Utah Health Scientists take part in an international study that suggests COVID-19 is not sexually transmitted.

9:10 AM - Salt Lake Tribune report: Redwood Drive-in Theater to re-open after coronavirus shut down.

8:55 AM - Fox 13 report: Utah family struggling after father loses a part time job that paid more than his full time job. The story explains why his second job doesn't qualify for benefits.

7:25 AM - Fox 13 report: Euro Treasures Antique Store forced to close due to lack of customers.

5:50 AM - Latest Utah numbers: 3,612 confirmed cases, 80,627 people tested, 301 hospitalizations, 35 deaths.

5:45 AM - Latest US numbers: 869,172 cases, 50,372 deaths.

5:40 AM - Latest world numbers: 2,721,354 cases, 191,231 deaths.