Community remote ground identification at St. George Regional Airport on June 22, 2020. | Photo by Chris Reid, St. George News
S.D. George – Election day may have come, the Corona virus reminded southern Utah residents Wednesday.
The Utah Department of Health said there were 139 new COVID-19 infections in southern Utah on Wednesday, more than a single day since the outbreak began in March.
Washington County led with 100 new cases, while Iron County saw its first corona virus-related death since September 25; Hospitalized man aged 65 to 84 years.
Since late September the region and the state have seen a steady increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus. The governor approves additional public health restrictions on Oct. 13 The county of Washington, Beaver and Garfield are under mandatory mask restrictions.
Those admitted to hospital Tuesday in southern Utah reached the highest level, with 35 locals admitted to hospital with the virus. That number dropped to 30 on Wednesday.
The government has seen the second worst day overall since the outbreak. One and a half months ago, the government celebrated at a news conference with Gary Herbert that the government was declining to an average of 400 new infections a day.
As of Wednesday, that average was 1,803 a day, with 2,110 new infections and hospitalizations nationwide reaching new highs.
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South Utah Corona virus count (seven days average in parentheses as of November 4, 2020)
Positive COVID-19 tests: 6,880 (103.9 new infections per day in seven days, rising from October 29)
- Washington County: 5,555 (rising 89.7 per day)
- Iron County: 1013 (9.4 per day, dropout)
- Kane County: 105 (0.6 per day, dropout)
- Garfield County: 112 (1.3 per day, fixed)
- Beaver County: 95 (2.9 per day, rising)
Casualties: 58 (0.6 per day, dropout)
- Washington County: 47 (1 new from last report: hospitalized male 65-84)
- Iron County: 4 (1 New: Hospitalized Male 65-84)
- Garfield County: 5
- Kane County: 1
- Beaver County: 1
Was admitted to the hospital: 30 (rising)
The current Utah seven-day average: 1,803 (rising)
Southern Utah counties are at a high transfer level until Oct. 29 (masks required, meetings 10 or less): Washington (19.7% positive test, 560.9 per 100,000 case rate), Beaver (8.5% positive test, 304.0 per 100,000 case rate), Garfield (18.12% positive test, 100,000 case rate 511.8)
Southern Utah Districts with moderate transfer levels (masks required, meetings 10 or less until Oct. 29): Iron (9.7% positive tests, 256.0 per 100,000 case rate)
Southern Utah districts with low transfer levels (masks recommended, meetings 50 or fewer):, Kane (5.3% positive tests, 129.7 per 100,000 case rate)
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