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S.D. George – Southern Utah on Thursday set a new record for the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in the region.
As stated in it Southwest Utah Department of Public Health, now 30 locals have been hospitalized with the corona virus, and there are 90 new COVID-19 infections in southern Utah. Both are a maximum of one day The first positive test in southern Utah March 21.
The sharp rise in local epidemics comes a day after a new state of emergency public health order went into effect nationwide, at least for the next two weeks. Mandated face masks in Washington, Iron and Garfield districts And community collection limited to 10 or less individuals. Restaurants and other businesses are allowed to remain open until all customers need masks.
David Hayden, Spokesman Southwest Utah Public Health Department, according to St. George News, said the health department relies more on the market to enforce mask orders than law enforcement or public health officials.
“We hope individuals and businesses will do their part with precaution,” Heiden said. “Businesses will get bigger success from a lost business due to insecurity than a quote, which will eventually involve law enforcement and be unheard of in Utah.”
In a statement, Director Dr. David Blatjet The Southwest Utah Department of Public Health said at this point all locals should consider having the virus in their community.
“We continue to urge everyone to do everything they can to protect our vulnerable family members and neighbors,” Blatjet said. “Act as if you were suffering; Keep your distance from those outside your home; Wear a mask when near others; If you are not feeling well, wash your hands and stay at home. ”
As of yesterday, the number of locals and non-residents hospitalized with COVID-19 at the Dixie Regional Medical Center in Intermount was 31, according to Dr Eddie Steinheim, director of Infectious Diseases at Intermount Healthcare. However, with the number of local hospitals being at 24, it now confirms that number is much higher.
Steinheim said the intensive care unit is starting to get bigger.
“We are 40% more than all of our major facilities in July,” Steneheim told a news conference. “Our hospitals are under stress.”
The number of people hospitalized with the corona virus is now higher than the number of ICU beds available in the Dixie region. Those beds are not just for COVID-19 patients, but for all other emergencies that need to be handled by the ICU even when an infection does not occur.
The hospital has 32 intensive care unit beds, but there is a coincidence in creating a temporary “rise” ICU, which can accommodate up to 89 ICU beds. But Stenheim warned that most COVID-19 patients would need an average of 30 days in the ICU, which would not be enough.
“Many of these patients are admitted and they have been in the hospital for a long time,” Stenehem said. “They won’t go in and out.”
According to Utah Health Department statistics, the majority of new hospitals are between the ages of 45 and 64.
A day after the outbreak of the virus domestically in March, more than 5,000 people have been infected with the virus in southern Utah, that number has already risen to 5,113, currently 934.
Taking into account the total population of southern Utah, according to the U.S. Census (251,764), more than three out of every 1,000 people in southern Utah are currently infected with COVID-19.
If there was a silver lining in southern Utah, there are now two days straight without a new death. However, the number of registered hospitals will lead to a brief review.
Moreover, while infections continue to rise in Washington and Iron Districts, infection rates in the rural districts of Kane and Garfield have been declining over the past six days. Garfield is a separate southern Utah district that was placed in the high transfer section earlier in the week. However, infections are on the rise in Beaver County.
COVID-19 Information Resources
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South Utah Corona virus count (seven days average in parentheses as of October 15, 2020)
Positive COVID-19 tests: 5,113 (61.6 new infections per day in seven days, rising)
- Washington County: 4,034 (up 51.1 per day)
- Iron County: 853 (5.4 per day, rising)
- Kane County: 90 (0.3 per day, dropout)
- Garfield County: 78 (2.7 per day, dropout)
- Beaver County: 58 (1.9 per day, rising)
Casualties: 45 (0.7 per day, dropout)
- Washington County: 38
- Iron County: 3
- Garfield County: 3
- Kane County: 1
Was admitted to the hospital: 30 (rising)
The current Utah seven-day average: 1,204 (rising)
Southern Utah districts with high transfer levels (masks required, meetings 10 or less): Garfield (18.1% positive tests, 472.4 per 100,000 case rate)
Southern Utah Districts with moderate transfer levels (masks required, meetings 10 or less until Oct. 29): Washington (12.6% positive tests, 327.9 per 100,000 case rate), Iron (8.3% positive tests, 153.5 per 100,000 case rate)
Southern Utah districts with low transfer levels (masks recommended, meetings 50 or fewer): Beaver (7.1% positive tests, 197.6 per 100,000 case rate), Kane (6.5% positive tests, 90.8 per 100,000 case rate)
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