World News – US – Daily record: 2,292 new cases of COVID-19 in Utah on Friday


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Utah set a new daily record for COVID-19 cases on Friday, with 2,292 more Utahns infected with the coronavirus, the Utah Department of Health reported

The state also took another grim milestone on Friday, with three new deaths from COVID-19 reported, bringing the total death toll to 601

The growing number of cases prompted Utah officials to send an emergency alert to smartphones statewide, with this terrible message: « COVID-19 is spreading rapidly Record cases Almost every county is an area of ​​high transmission Hospitals are almost overwhelmed By public health decree, masks are required in areas with high transmission Social gatherings are limited to 10 or less « 

The alert directed people to the state’s coronavirus website, which has county-specific information The site briefly crashed when the alert went off, Joe Dougherty said, door – speech from the Utah Department of Public Safety

Dougherty said the alert should be received by up to 70% of the state’s estimated 3 million cellphones Everyone, he said, should hear about it from friends or from the media

The three people reported dead were: a man from Salt Lake County, aged 25 to 44; a man from Tooele County, aged 44 to 65; and a woman from Davis County, between 65 and 84

In a statement Friday, Gov Gary Herbert noted that if Utah’s death rate from COVID-19 were lower than the national rate, « we must not become oblivious to what these numbers mean for our communities – for infected people, for all those who love them »

Hospitalization and death rates are lagging indicators, and Herbert noted that today’s 2,292 new cases could translate, based on current rates, into 115 hospitalizations and 11 deaths over the next two weeks

« This will put increasing pressure on our already overworked healthcare professionals and leave more families with empty chairs at their tables, » said Herbert, « not to mention the long-term effects of many more of these. Utahn will be confronted, even as they recover « 

Although Herbert said, « We cannot be too careful in our efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 », he did not propose any policy changes to control the virus on Friday.

« We are failing to control the epidemic, » said Dr Eddie Stenehjem, infectious disease physician for Intermountain Healthcare « The numbers don’t lie Not only are our cases increasing, but our test positivity rate is increasing also indicating that there is widespread community transmission

As hospitalizations and deaths also increase, Stenehjem said: “This is irrefutable proof that this is not just an increase in testing It is a widespread community, resulting in pain, suffering and death « 

Most of the new cases were in younger demographic groups, although almost all age groups except infants and people over 85 set a one-day record. large number of new cases were in the 25 to 44 age group, with 800 Young people, between 15 and 24, had 619 new cases

There were 192 cases among children, 1-14 As of Friday, 497 cases were reported in people aged 45 to 64 and people in the 65 to 84 age group reported 163 new cases

The health departments of six Utah counties set records in one day: Salt Lake (901), Utah (613), Davis (183), Tooele (56), Summit (31) and Wasatch ( 27) The same was true for the Tri-County Health District, which covers Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties; he had 32 new cases on Friday

In the past week, the state recorded an average of 1,622 new positive test results per day, UDOH reported

Hospitalizations rose on Friday, with 318 Utah patients admitted simultaneously, UDOH reported – tying the one-day record on Thursday, the department reported 317 hospitalizations

On average, 309 patients were treated in Utah hospitals each day over the past week That’s 10 more than the average a week ago In total, 5,395 patients were hospitalized across state for COVID-19, up 76 from Thursday

Utah’s intensive care units were 725% occupied as of Friday, but the figure reflects the intensive care capacity statewide and does not take into account the different needs from city to city. other, or certain medical specialties

Last week, 182% of all tests came back positive, a rate which indicates that large numbers of those infected are not tested, state officials said

Overnight someone apparently shot the glass doors of UDOH offices in Millcreek with a pellet gun, a department spokesperson said on Friday. No one was injured and the damage appeared to be minor

The incident occurred hours after a dozen people demonstrated on Thursday morning and again in the evening outside the home of Dr Angela Dunn, the state epidemiologist Her address was posted on Facebook in a comment on a post by an anti-mask activist, and the post was later removed

30 other people have come forward to protest at the home of Dr Joseph Miner, executive director of UDOH, said the spokesperson for UDOH Miner has been inactive for much of the pandemic, due their own health problems; Rich Saunders has been Acting Executive Director since August

Herbert, in a statement on Twitter on Thursday, said he was « deeply disturbed » that Dunn had been targeted at home « It’s one thing to protest against an elected official like me, but it’s totally banned to demonstrate at the home of a State employee ”, he declared

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World news – United States – Daily record: 2,292 new cases of COVID-19 in Utah on Friday



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