Utah County, state health officials say behind ‘apparent’ spike in coronovirus cases


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State health officials said Monday that college students in Utah County are running a spike in new coronovirus cases that is “evident” after a growing number of days.

Epidemiologist Angela Dunn wrote in a news statement, “We are facing a clear stand in this matter right now.” “This trend is being driven, in large part, by an increase in cases among college-aged young adults in Utah County.”

With a report of 563 new coronovirus cases on Monday, Utah’s rate of new diagnoses remained above the governor’s goal of fewer than 400 cases per day.

For the past seven days, Utah has averaged 487 new positive test results per day, the Utah Department reported on Monday. The government, Gary Herbert, said it wanted the state to come down to 400 new cases per day. 1, a goal Utah met in mid-August, but crossed again on 3 September.

The virus continued to spread fastest in Utah County, registering 210 new cases on Monday. For the past seven days, Utah County has averaged more than 31 new cases per 100,000 people a day, an average of 15 new daily cases per 100,000 and Salt Lake County’s average of 14.7.

“Since last Friday, 39% of all new cases have come from Utah County, despite the fact that Utah County’s population represents just 20% of the state’s population. Most of these cases are from 14–24 year olds, and most of them are from college-aged young adults, ”Dunn wrote.

Utah County is at a “yellow,” or low, restriction level according to state guidelines.

Utara died of coronavirus at 436 on Monday, with three deaths since Sunday:

  • A Duchenne County man, aged 65 to 84, who was not hospitalized when he died.
  • A Salt Lake County man aged 65 to 84 died in hospital.
  • A Utah County man, ages 25 to 44, who died in hospital.

The death in Duchess County was the county’s first fatal case of COVID-19.

UDOH reported that 134 Utah patients were admitted on Monday. Since last week, on average, 122 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals in Utah every day – up slightly from the previous week, but below the peak average of 211 patients hospitalized each day in late July.

In total, 3,338 patients have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19 from Sunday to 12.

Statewide, Utah’s rate of positive tests has been above 5% since May 25, according to UDOH data.

4,809 new test results were revealed on Monday, above the week’s average of 4,277 new tests per week. The test demand has been down significantly since mid-July, when the state was reporting an average of more than 7,000 new test results per day.

Since public schools started opening from August 13, there have been 45 outbreaks in schools, affecting 215 patients, with 6 new outbreaks and 36 new cases in the past – school-related cases on the same day Largest increase in. Since the onset of the epidemic, 260 outbreaks have been reported in 56 outbreaks of the school, with a mean age of 17 years. Nine of those patients are hospitalized; No one has died.

The Weber School District reported Monday that four administrators at Roy High School are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

The number of younger patients with coronaviruses continues to increase rapidly. According to the latest 1,000 Veal average, four out of every 1,000 YouTunes are contracting the virus every day at the age of 15 to 24.

“Colleges across the state, and in Utah County in particular, have actively worked to implement concrete prevention measures on their campuses. Dunn wrote, “He needs his students’ help to get out of campus and work responsibly. “Students who close the campus have a direct impact on the school’s ability to operate the campus safely.”

Students at Brigham Young University, in particular, faced criticism for having large, off-campus parties ever since the collapse period began.

Kwak El, senior at BYU and founder of event company Young / Dumb, wrote in an Instagram post, “I’m not going to stop.” This month videos of their parties show hundreds of people dancing in a crowd, without a mask.

L has stated on Instagram that he believes airing recommendations of social disturbances will save the economy.

As of Friday, BYU reported 258 new cases in 43,000 of its campus community. In contrast, the University of Utah prolonged 195 cases on Monday because of 62,000 on campus on August 15; Utah State University reported 122 cases among its campuses among approximately 31,000 students and employees; And Utah Valley University reported 67 fall cases on its campus of 23,000. 7. BYU and UVU are posting new case numbers weekly.

Of the 58,438 Utahs who have tested positive for COVID-19, 48,934 are considered “recovered” – that is, they have survived at least three weeks after being diagnosed.