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Utah reported a record-breaking 3,919 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, and the hospitalization rate hit a record high, marking the most deadly week for the virus since the pandemic began.
Governor Gary Herbert said at a press conference on Thursday that 4.5% to 5% of these cases will eventually be hospitalized. He said: “These numbers should shock us all.”
The Utah Department of Health reported that in the past week, the state had an average of 2,738 new positive test results every day, continuing to hit a record high. Herbert said that the record number of cases “should enable all of us to take stock and see what we are doing alone to slow this down.”
Herbert added that he hopes to provide a vaccine in Utah within four or five weeks, and “definitely in the first year of this year.” He said that the first dose will be used for emergency personnel, medical staff and high-risk groups.
The death toll from the coronavirus in Utah was 687 on Thursday, and nine people have died since Wednesday:
- Davis County man, 85 years old.
- A man aged 65 to 84 in Salt Lake County.
- A man in Salt Lake County, aged between 45 and 64.
- A lady in Salt Lake County, over 85 years old.
- Sevier County man, aged 65 to 84.
- A Uintah County woman, aged 65 to 84.
- A woman from a county in Utah, over 85 years old.
- A man in Utah County, aged between 45 and 64.
- Weber County woman, aged 65 to 84.
UDOH reported that hospitalization continued to rise on Thursday, with 468 Utah patients admitted at the same time. Since last week, more than 650 Utahans have been hospitalized and 6,487 have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
Greg Bell, The president of the Utah Hospital Association said that the state’s hospitals are well integrated into their “emergency care” agreements. Bell said: “We have expanded all the resources we have.” Including the transfer of patients to less burdened hospitals, the establishment of additional intensive care units, and the introduction of medical personnel from other disciplines.
Bell said that Utah’s ICU staff exceeds the 85% workload that hospitals consider “effectively full,” and some hospitals have 100% ICU workloads.
State officials said that in the past week, 23.2% of all tests tested positive-a record high, indicating that a large number of infected people have not been tested.
On Thursday, 13,926 new test results were reported, a record for a single day.
Herbert emphasized the guidelines established by public health experts to support his emergency order. Herbert said: “We ask people to wear masks, definitely when you can’t keep your distance from society.”
Herbert said that the biggest spread of this virus is “in our occasional social gatherings.” Herbert reiterated that his emergency order requires Utahans to limit the scope of social gatherings to immediate family members from now until November 23.
Herbert said: “It will take a few weeks to see if the measures we have taken will have an effect.” “If we all invest and go all out, we can…slow the spread.”
Herbert said, whether voluntarily or through government authorization, “will be a modification of behavior that allows us to transcend this pandemic.”
Herbert said the two-week period for ordering depends on the incubation period of the virus. He said that part of the motivation for ordering time was to allow these two weeks to end before the Thanksgiving holiday.
“We have seen a change in behavior. The question is: Is it enough? I guess we will have to wait and see.” Herbert said.
Herbert said: “The local legal officials refused to implement the emergency order, just as the Iron County Sheriff said,” “It will certainly reduce the impact of the order.” The law is enforced to enforce the law. legal. Obviously, this is not their privilege. “
Tie County is one of the 20 counties that reported a record number of cases in the past two weeks, and these counties account for 98% of the state’s population. In several local health districts, the single-day increase in the number of cases was record-breaking, with the largest increases in the central and southwestern Utah areas and the counties of Wasatch and Utah. The case rate remains the highest in the northern Orem region, with more than one in 50 people infected in the past two weeks.
Herbert said that he and health experts are discussing recommendations for families on Thanksgiving celebrations. He said that people should weigh the risks of travel and gathering.
Herbert said: “We want people to have a happy holiday, but we also want them to have a safe and happy holiday.”
Herbert said he hopes that in the next two weeks, the state will increase the number of exams, especially on college campuses, from 100,000 to 250,000 per week.
He said that the decision on whether to close the school to attend classes in person is being processed at the local level. “overall, [online teaching is] Herbert said: “In terms of learning, it may not be effective in class with the teacher.”
Herbert reiterated that the order also suspended extracurricular activities in schools in the state.
But during the state football playoffs, state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn pointed out that the state health department tested every athlete, cheerleader and participant for COVID. She said that only 49 people were found to be positive, and the rate was only 3.6%.
Dunn said she thinks this is a sign that high school students are following the COVID-19 protocol because they are very enthusiastic about their work. Dunn said: “All of us must start acting like high school athletes.”