Utah: COVID-19 is spreading fast. Record cases. Almost every county is a high-transmission area. Hospitals are almost congested, “reads the warning.” Public health requires masks in high-transmission areas. Social gatherings are limited up to 10 or less. ”
“Be careful!” he warned, along with a link containing more information about the ever-worsening coronavirus jump.
The messages were sent from 14:00 on Friday and remained active for 15 minutes.
Commonly used for severe weather and AMBER signals, government and local officials are increasingly deploying these wireless alarms (WEAs) to warn of Covid-19 jumps as well. By the end of September, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local officials had sent more than 400 such signals to the public.
“Despite the ongoing pandemic, there are a number of people who are unaware of the dire situation we are in,” government officials said. As a result, the alarm was an attempt to “make sure that almost everyone is aware of the serious nature of the pandemic.”
The signal came when the state hit a grim milestone as Utah reached record highs in several Covid-19 measures, including the number of new cases, an average case duration of 7 days and a positive sample rate, the state data dashboard shows .
At a news conference Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called the situation in the state “one of the worst outbreaks in the country.”
The state announced a record 2,281 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, according to state data. Previously, its highest record was 1,989 cases on October 22. In addition, its average number for 7 days is now a record of 1621.7 cases, and the percentage of positive tests is from a record 18.17% on Friday. All these barometers are constantly rising.
Meanwhile, 72.5% of Utah’s intensive care beds are occupied, along with 54% of its traditional beds, according to the state board, which means that hospitals are quickly running out of space for new patients.
CNN’s Jen Selva contributed to this report.