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According to The Department of Public Health in Southwestern Utah now has 30 locals hospitalized with coronavirus and has 90 new COVID-19 infections in southern Utah. Both have been one-day peaks ever since the first positive test in Southern Utah March 21st.
The sharp rise in local infections comes a day after a new emergency public health order went into effect in the country, which made coverage in Washington, Iron and Garfield counties mandatory for at least the next two weeks and limited social gatherings to 10 or fewer. Restaurants and other establishments may remain open as long as masks are required for all customers.
David Heaton, spokesman for The Department of Public Health in Southwest Utah told St. George News that the health department will rely more on the market to fulfill its mandates than on law enforcement or public health officials.
“We hope that individuals and companies will do their part with precautionary measures,” Heaton said. “Businesses are likely to get a bigger blow from a lost business due to a lack of security than a citation that will eventually involve law enforcement and has not been heard of in Utah.”
In a statement, Dr. David Blodgett, director of The Southwest Utah Department of Public Health said that at this point, all locals must accept that the virus is present in their community.
“We continue to urge everyone to do their best to protect our vulnerable family members and neighbors,” Blodgett said. “Act as if you may be infected; keep your distance from those outside your home; wear a mask when you are close to others; wash your hands and stay home if you are sick. “
According to Dr. Eddie Steneham, Director of Infectious Diseases at Intermountain Healthcare, as of yesterday, the number of locals and non-citizens hospitalized with COVID-19 at intermountain’s Dixie Regional Medical Center is 31. However, the number of local hospitalizations is constant at 24 , which ensures that their number is now much higher.
Steneham said the intensive care unit was starting to overload.
“We are 40% taller than we were in July, in all our big facilities,” Steneham said during a conference call with reporters. “Our hospitals are under stress.”
The number of hospitalized with coronavirus now exceeds the number of intensive care beds available in the Dixie Regional. And these beds are not only for patients with COVID-19, but also for all other emergencies that should be dealt with by the intensive care unit, even when there is no pandemic.
The hospital has 32 intensive care beds, but there are unforeseen circumstances to set up a temporary intensive care unit that can accommodate up to 89 intensive care beds. But since most patients with COVID-19 need an average of 30 days in the intensive care unit, Stenehjem warned that this may not be enough.
“Many of these patients are being admitted and they have been in the hospital for a long time,” Steneham said. “They don’t just come in and go.”
According to Utah Department of Health statistics, most new hospitalizations are between the ages of 45 and 64.
A day after southern Utah exceeded 5,000 people infected with the virus since the local pandemic began in March, that number has now risen to 5,113, with 934 people currently infected.
Taking into account the total population of Southern Utah according to the US census (251,764), this means that more than three out of every 1,000 people in Southern Utah are currently infected with COVID-19.
If there is a silver lining in South Utah, there are now two consecutive days without a new death. However, the record number of hospitalizations is likely to make this short delay.
In addition, while infections in Washington and Iron County continue to rise, infection rates have been declining in rural Kane and Garfield counties over the past six days. Garfield is the lone South Utah county that was placed in the high-pass category earlier in the week. However, infections are on the rise in Beaver County.
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Number of coronaviruses in southern Utah (as of October 15, 2020, seven-day average in parentheses)
Positive tests for COVID-19: 5,113 (61.6 new infections per day for seven days, increasing)
- Washington County: 4,034 (51.1 per day, rising)
- Iron County: 853 (5.4 per day, rising)
- Kane County: 90 (0.3 per day, dropout)
- County Garfield: 78 (2.7 per day, dropout)
- Beaver County: 58 (1.9 per day, rising)
Death cases: 45 (0.7 per day, dropout)
- Washington County: 38
- Iron County: 3
- County Garfield: 3
- Kane County: 1
Hospitalized: 30 (increasing)
Recovered: 4,182 th most common
The current seven-day average in Utah: 1 204 (ascending)
South Utah counties with a high level of transmission (masks required, gatherings up to 10 or less): Garfield (18.1% positive tests, 472.4 per 100,000 cases)
Southern Utah counties in moderate transmission (masks required, gatherings by October 10 or less): Washington (12.6% positive tests, 327.9 per 100,000 cases), iron (8.3% positive tests, 153.5 per 100,000 cases)
Low Utah counties in Southern Utah (recommended masks, gatherings up to 50 or less): Beaver (7.1% positive tests, 197.6 per 100,000 cases), Kane (6.5% positive tests, 90.8 per 100,000 cases)
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