Elementary principal has died from coronavirus, Utah reports 376 new cases


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Kelly Rindlisbacher, the principal of Nibley primary school, has died after a five-week battle with the coronavirus.

The Cache County School District said in a statement Friday night it was “deeply saddened” by the loss of Rindlisbacher, calling him “a family member, friend and fellow educator.”

“Kelly was an exceptional and dedicated educator with a long career in our district,” the statement continued. “He will be sadly missed by his family in Cache County School District.”

Rindlisbacher’s death does not appear to have been added to the state tally yet.

On Saturday, the state’s seven-day moving average of cases – a key indicator monitored by public health officials – now stands at 426 per day. Governor Gary Herbert has set a target this week to reach 400 by September 1.

Active hospitalizations fell by seven to a total of 195. And the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units is now 77, the lowest in a month. Since the start of the epidemic, a total of 2,604 people have been hospitalized.

Utah Senator Deidre Henderson tweeted on Saturday that she had tested positive for COVID-19, after revealing on Friday that two members of her immediate family had contracted the coronavirus and that she was also starting to experience symptoms.

“No big surprise, my COVID test came back positive,” she wrote. “Stay safe there, everyone. Wear your masks to protect others – by the time you show symptoms, you have already been contagious for a few days and you may have infected other people without knowing it. “

Henderson, who is the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor on the ticket with the party’s candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, is one of several lawmakers in the state to have rejected COVID-19 .

Of those who were infected, 33,115 Utahns are considered “cured,” meaning they were diagnosed more than three weeks ago and have not died.

Herbert, who has so far resisted a statewide mask warrant, announced on Saturday that he was extending an executive order requiring face masks at state facilities until August 20 after he determined that this was an appropriate measure “to protect public health”.

This measure appears to be of limited scope, with the decree specifying that it does not include prisons or community correctional centers, or any building or structure that is “owned, rented, occupied or controlled by” the legislative or judicial powers or the authorities. offices of the attorney general, auditor or state treasurer.

State government entities have the option of refusing to provide in-person service to anyone who does not wear a mask, but only if there is another means of service available and employees explain how to access it and are confident that the person has reasonable access to the alternative.


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