SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported five new deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday, three of them connected to long-term care facilities.
Health officials said four of the deaths occurred in Salt Lake County patients, all four over the age of 60. Of those, three involved residents of long-term care facilities. The fifth death, from San Juan County, involved a person under the age of 60. The health department did not immediately offer any details about potential underlying health conditions associated with the latest COVID-19 deaths in Utah.
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New numbers from the state record a total of 6,103 positive cases of coronavirus in Utah since the outbreak began. That represents an increase of 184 from the day before. In all, 66 Utah residents have died of COVID-19 related causes.
According to the Utah Department of Health, the state considers 2,901 of its COVID-19 cases “recovered.” That means nearly half of the state’s positive coronavirus test results fall into that category. A person is considered recovered if they were diagnosed more than three weeks ago and did not pass away.
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How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus
COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
- If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
- Get a flu shot.
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