Utah Dept. of Health: 806 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths as of Monday

Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 16:34:15-04

The Utah Department Health's latest COVID-19 counts show there are 806 confirmed cases in Utah.

Of the 16,003 COVID-19 tests administered in Utah, about five percent of returned as positive.

Utah has an eight percent hospitalization rate for COVID-19 patients.

"Even though that rate is small compared our other states, if we continue to increase at that rate, we will overwhelm our healthcare systems in the coming weeks," said Dr. Angela Dunn, Utah State Epidemiologist, during a news conference Monday afternoon.

Dunn added that Utah's social distancing measures are working.

"Ten percent of our cases are community-spread. That means only 10 percent of the people who have COVID-19 don't have a clear source of exposure," Dunn said.

Four people in Utah have died of COVID-19. Over the weekend, family members of two of those people confirmed the deaths.

Bob Garff, a titan in Utah's business and political worlds, died of COVID-19, his daughter announced Sunday.

Garff was the chairman of the Ken Garff Automotive Group, as well as a former Speaker of Utah's House of Representatives.

"My loving dad passed away peacefully today from COVID-19. He has lived a long and happy life, full of vigor and love for our state and our families. I count myself blessed to be serving in the Utah House of Representatives just as my Dad did," Rep. Melissa Ballard (R-North Salt Lake), Garff's daughter, wrote.

The other person who died of COVID-19 was 24-year-old Silvia Deyanira Melendez of West Jordan.

Melendez lived in a household of seven, five of whom either tested positive for COVID-19 or showed symptoms, according to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune.