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Saturday numbers show 137 positive for COVID-19 in Utah; second case in Southwest Utah

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Mar. 21, 2020 at 10:33 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 21, 2020 at 12:20 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health released an updated tally of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the state Saturday, showing an uptick of 25 cases over the Friday numbers.

A total of 126 Utahns and 11 Utah visitors have tested positive, the department said.

The state department announced 24 new cases Saturday morning, but the most recent case, an adult who is receiving medical care, came Saturday night from Washington County. Officials believe the case is travel-related.

It's only the second case of COVID-19 in the five-county district served by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. Residents of Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver and Garfield counties are asked to stay home whenever possible.

Salt Lake County and Summit County continue to show the highest numbers in the state, with 60 and 39 positive cases, respectively. Davis County has 14 cases, Wasatch County has seven and the Weber-Morgan health district reports six.

There are still no positive cases in the Central Utah, TriCounty, San Juan or Southeast Utah health districts, according to the Health Department; there are only two in Southwest Utah.

UDOH says that 2,560 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far. No one in the state is reported to have died from the virus.

In her Friday news conference regarding that day's totals, state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn reminded Utahns they can still slow the spread of the disease by practicing social distancing measures, staying home when sick and practicing good hand hygiene.

"We know that when we adhere to social distancing restrictions and when we stay home when we’re sick that we will start to see a decrease in cases," Dunn said Friday. "So you can play a part in helping end this pandemic by staying home when you’re sick and maintaining social distance, and this will help us save lives here in Utah.”

The numbers represent a significant but smaller day-over-day spike than Friday, when 34 new cases were diagnosed.

Contributing: Jen Riess, KSL.com

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