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Friday numbers: Eight new COVID-19 deaths in Utah, tying high

FILE - In this April 21, 2020 file photo Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a news conference in South Jordan, Utah. The state will remain at its current yellow, low-risk phase of its COVID-19 response plan, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer,File)

SALT LAKE CITY — The latest numbers from Utah health officials record eight new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state, tying the previous one-day high for deaths set last month. 

So far, the Utah Department of Health says COVID-19 caused the deaths of 139 Utah residents. Of the eight new COVID-19 deaths in Utah, six involved Salt Lake County residents. The other two lived in Weber and Washington Counties. Six of the eight involved residents of long-term care facilities. Two deaths occurred in people under the age of 60 who required hospitalization. The health department did not provide their exact ages. 

Utah now reports 13,577 positive (lab-confirmed) cases of COVID-19. That represents an increase of 325 cases from the day before. Of those, 988 required hospitalization so far, and 130 involve patients who are still hospitalized. 

The vast majority of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Utah go on to recover. The Utah Department of Health estimates 7,935 Utahns have recovered from coronavirus. Patients are considered recovered if they were diagnosed more than three weeks ago and did not die. 

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, 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.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States