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Utah coronavirus total increases to 21 residents, 7 non-residents

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Posted at 10:45 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 17:38:29-04

UPDATE: Sunday, March 15, 2020: The Utah Department of Health announced a new total of 21 Utah residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus, seven non-residents visiting the state.

Original story continues below:

SALT LAKE COUNTY — The Salt Lake County Health Department announced that an additional nine county residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 14 and the statewide total to 19.

Health officials believe all confirmed cases in the county are from travel or "household contact with another confirmed case" and that none were from local transmission.

One of the cases is a University of Utah graduate student and staff member.

Three of the 14 cases are children, and two of them attended school while symptomatic, according to the announcement. Hunter High School and Entheos Academy students and staff have been notified of the potential exposure and instructed to quarantine at home until March 27.

"Quarantine at home means the students and staff of those schools should not leave home for ANY reason, except when advised by their health care provider to seek medical care in person. They should not go to work, school, or any public place, including stores, malls, theatres, restaurants, or any other retail establishment. They should also not visit family or friends or have any visitors at home," the county's statement read.

The statement continued:

If a potentially affected household notices symptoms in anyone in their home, they should isolate the ill person away from other members of the household and contact a health care provider via telephone or a telemedicine app. Do not seek medical care in person without first contacting the medical facility in advance to receive instructions.

Most people infected with COVID-19 experience only mild illness. People over the age of 60 and those with other health concerns are more likely to develop serious illness.

If you have questions about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.utah.gov, cdc.gov/covid19, or contact the Utah COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.