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602 now positive for coronavirus in Utah, health department says

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Mar. 28, 2020 at 3:10 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 28, 2020 at 12:32 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health announced Saturday that 602 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, up 122 cases from Friday's 480.

At least 11,312 have been tested, and two Utahns have died of the disease so far. The Saturday case counts include 588 Utah residents and 14 visitors to the state.

The novel coronavirus Friday saw its first cases in some regions of Utah that had been previously unaffected. The TriCounty Health Department — which includes Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties in eastern Utah — and San Juan County in southeast Utah reported their first COVID-19 cases.

Late Friday evening, the Southeast Utah Health Department announced it had confirmed its first COVID-19 case. This case is not included in the state’s total number for Saturday but will be added in the coming days.

San Juan County likewise announced Saturday that it now has three confirmed COVID-19 cases, two of which are not reflected in UDOH's Saturday figures but will be added in the days to come. The new case is from a male under 40; one of San Juan's cases is from a resident currently quarantined in Salt Lake County.

As COVID-19 cases climb, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday the state's most restrictive policies yet to aid in curbing its spread. Herbert encouraged all Utahns to "Stay Home, Stay Safe" as much as possible, and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a directive that backs up the recommendations with the force of law in the city.

As of Thursday, the Utah Department of Health was reporting that about 10% of COVID-19 cases in the state require hospitalization, and about half of those require intensive care.

Here's a breakdown by health district of where Utah's cases have been found, according to the state's health department:

  • Bear River: 8 cases
  • Central Utah: 0 cases
  • Davis County: 59 cases
  • Salt Lake County: 276 cases, 3 visitors
  • San Juan County: 1 case
  • Southeast Utah: 0 cases
  • Southwest Utah: 13 cases, 1 visitor
  • Summit County: 127 cases, 8 visitors
  • Tooele County: 8 cases
  • TriCounty: 1 case
  • Utah County: 30 cases, 1 visitor
  • Wasatch County: 36 cases, 1 visitor
  • Weber-Morgan: 29 cases

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