Utah reports 1,012 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, up 125 in 24 hours, 7 total deaths

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 1, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah’s daily COVID-19 case number is up 125 new documented cases in 24 hours, as well as two additional deaths. Total cases now stand at 1,012 with a total of seven fatalities.

So far, 20,155 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Utah and 91 people have been hospitalized.

The jump in cases is a 12% increase in the last 24 hours.

During the previous 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday, there was a 7% increase in cases. From Sunday to Monday, there was a 12% increase in cases, and from Saturday to Sunday, there was a 24% increase in cases.

The largest case increases were in Salt Lake County (up 48), Summit County (up 23) and Davis County (up 9). Central Utah also reported its first case.

Utah state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said in a daily press briefing about 5% of people are testing positive.

Of the two deaths Tuesday, in Salt Lake County, both were over the age of 65, Dunn said. One passed away in hospice care and one in a hospital.

In the press briefing, Gov. Gary Herbert first dispelled a rumor that Utah students would have to repeat a grade when school resumes. That is an April Fools’ joke, he said. He said his office has been inundated with calls about that subject Wednesday.

Herbert said the Utah Department of Health stay-at-home order which was due to expire today has now been extended through April 15 at 11:59 p.m. This is a reissue of the previous order, he said, with a few modifications.

  • People can now go into restaurants, go to the counter, and pick up food, if social distancing can be accommodated. If there is a line, customers must stand 6 feet from each other. There should be no congregating of people in groups.¬†Residents can still not dine in.
  • An executive order has been put in place that until May 15, a tenant can defer rental payments. Landlords can also not initiate eviction notices during this time frame.
  • Residents should avoid travel wherever possible. Any travel should be absolutely essential and necessary. An executive order has been put in place that state parks are only open to those who live within the same county; previously, this was a suggestion.
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Herbert reiterated an order of self-isolation and quarantine is in place for any individual that tests positive for COVID-19. Those individuals need to go into quarantine on the date they test positive for a period of 14 days. This also applies to any individuals exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19, and also applies to any member of a household living with an individual who tests positive.

See updated case numbers at Utah’s coronavirus website.

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