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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates Friday May 29

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Posted at 5:50 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 20:42:51-04

FRIDAY MAY 29

6:38 PM - Utah Department of Corrections reports its first case of COVID-19 at the Utah State Prison. Full statement here.

4:37 PM - Utah reported its single highest case numbers of COVID-19 on the same day Governor Gary Herbert issued new orders loosening some restrictions for communities.

2:35 PM - Country music star Collin Raye is in Utah for a concert the Tooele County Health Department says can't happen.

1:15 PM - Statement from Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health, on Utah's largest single-day increase:

"While 343 new cases is the largest single-day increase we have reported since the beginning of this outbreak, I would caution against jumping to conclusions on what this particular data point might mean. One day does not make a trend.

Comparing weekly cases over the past two weeks, we have seen a three percent increase in daily cases. Specifically, we have seen 1,197 new cases in the current week, compared to 1,162 cases in the week prior.

This increase could partially be explained by the lull we experienced in testing over the holiday weekend. It could also be that we are experiencing an actual uptick in cases, including in localized areas that are experiencing outbreaks, such as in the Salt Lake Veteran’s Nursing Home.

It is important for members of the public to remember that low and moderate risk does not mean “no risk”. We all have a responsibility to be proactive and to do the things we know will help limit the spread of this virus: stay home if you’re sick, practice good hand hygiene, maintain social distancing, and when that’s not possible, wear a mask.

As the state has started to loosen restrictions we anticipated seeing new cases. But there are other important measures to consider as well. Namely the proxy transmission rate, which we base on new hospitalizations, and ICU utilization. The statewide transmission rate stands at 1.1 today, and ICU utilization remains well below our threshold level.

We will continue to watch our daily case counts closely, with the goal of preventing widespread, community transmission.”

1:06 PM - Utah's Updated Case Counts for Friday; 9,264 confirmed cases (up 343 since Thursday), 205.855 reported people tested, 753 hospitalizations, 107 deaths (up one since Thursday). An estimated 5,813 people in Utah have recovered from COVID-19.

10:20 AM - Fox 13 The Rebound: Helping make ends meet by saving on cooling costs as heat wave arrives.

5:55 AM - Latest Utah numbers:

  • 8,921 cases
  • 106 deaths
  • 203,507 tested
  • 734 hospitalizations

5:50 AM - Latest US numbers:

  • 1,721,926 cases
  • 101,621 deaths

5:45 AM - Latest world numbers:

  • 5,831,165 cases
  • 360,860 deaths