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Health officials confirm Utah's 6th case of coronavirus

Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 18:02:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — State health officials have identified a sixth Utah resident with novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

The individual is a resident of Salt Lake County who likely came in contact with someone contagious in the state of New York, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Timeline of other Utah residents who have tested positive:

  1. A Davis County resident who contracted the virus while aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship
  2. A resident in the Weber-Morgan health district, believed to have contracted it out of the state or country
  3. A Summit County resident who likely contracted it while traveling in Austria
  4. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert
  5. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell

Not included in the total are Mark and Jerri Jorgensen and John Haering, who were all on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan. Also, three tourists from out of the state tested positive in Summit County.

No community-transmitted cases have been identified at this point — all who tested positive are believed to contracted the virus from out of the state or country.

The Utah Public Health laboratory has tested over 300 patients for COVID-19 so far, and private labs are starting to come online. The Utah Department will be getting more test results from the private lab.

"We're working really closely with all of our healthcare systems to ensure that they are prepared for a surge in patients coming in and have the ability to do alternative means of care to ensure that they can provide the best care they can to the patients that need it most," said Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health.