Utah Reports 760 New Cases and 8 New Deaths From COVID-19; Utah County Becomes New Hot Spot

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Saturday in Utah produced another large number of new coronavirus infections, with 760 positive test results reported. This includes a record number for the county of Utah where opposition to the wearing of the mask, considered an essential measure to contain the epidemic of COVID-19, made the national news.

Utah County added 198 cases after seeing at least 150 new cases in each of the past two days, indicating the county could reclaim the distinction as the worst hotspot in Salt Lake County state , where the rate of new infections has slowed.

“Today’s rising number of cases is worrying for [the Utah County Health Department] and an indication of the upward trend in Utah County, ”said department spokeswoman Aislynn Tolman-Hill. “Health officials recommend wearing a mask when physical distance cannot be maintained, regular hand washing, good hygiene and staying home when you are sick.”

Salt Lake County reported 289 new cases, or 38% of Utah’s total, on Saturday. Previously, the most populous county in Utah accounted for half of its new cases.

Among the Utahns lost to the coronavirus is Gary Hatfield of Taylorsville, an 83-year-old retired chemist who analyzed water and soil samples at the Salt Lake City Bureau of Reclamation lab.

Eight deaths have been reported statewide, including three in Salt Lake County, although the number of people hospitalized for the disease has dropped from 198 to 185. The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is 243, with 2,014 hospitalizations.

Weber and Washington counties each reported two deaths. So far this week, Utah has lost 28 residents to COVID-19, on track to surpass the record of 31 set last week.

The seven-day moving average of new cases in Utah rose to 617 per day with a positive 10.2% of laboratory tests performed. Of the state’s 33,332 cases, 20,421 are considered “recovered,” meaning the person was left alive for three weeks from the date of diagnosis.

In terms of testing, 456,240 Utahns have now been tested for COVID-19, and an increase of 8,434 from Friday.

(Photo courtesy of Greg Hatfield) Gary Hatfield, 83, of South Salt Lake, died on July 9, 2020 from COVID-19 and other complications.
(Photo courtesy of Greg Hatfield) Gary Hatfield, 83, of South Salt Lake, died on July 9, 2020 from COVID-19 and other complications.

Already diagnosed with diabetes and Alzheimer’s, Hatfield died on July 9 after contracting the disease in a nursing home. This was the first case at the facility, whose family asked not to be identified.

“It’s frustrating,” said his son, Greg Hatfield. “We knew it was a matter of time until [the center] I understood that, but we were really, really diligent, checking everyone as they came, not allowing anyone from the outside, anyone other than the workers, d ‘enter the establishment.

The son put on two masks, a face shield, gloves and other protective gear and walked into his father’s bedroom so the rest of his family could see Gary Hatfield on FaceTime.

“He had one last goodbye with everyone,” said Greg Hatfield. “So it was wonderful. “

“The state is a big place,” said Greg Hatfield, “and every community is different, so trying to get everyone to follow the same rules doesn’t make sense. But I fully support the wearing of masks. There are so many good people dying of this and there are people who think this is a hoax which is just amazing.

Gary Hatfield’s eldest daughter, Karen Nowling, a registered nurse who has spent much of her career in end-of-life care, said her parents talked to their children about the treatments they had years ago. were doing and didn’t want to receive in their final days. His father said he did not want to be kept alive with a ventilator, Nowling said, and the family was comfortable with the decision not to put it on after contracting COVID-19.

“He would have been miserable at the ICU with a tube in his throat,” said Nowling. “He wouldn’t have survived that anyway. “



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