ST. GEORGE – South Utah hit 200 new coronavirus infections reported in the five-county area on Friday, while local markets once again set limits on the number of toilet paper and disinfectant products people have. can buy.
Friday is the third consecutive day South Utah has set a new one-day high for COVID-19 infections, and it’s not alone.
According to the Utah Department of Health, the state of Utah was close to breaking the 3,000 new infection barrier on Friday with 2,987 new cases, according to the Utah Health Department. 157 fewer people than on Friday in California, home to 13 times the population of Utah.
According to a report by the Utah Department of Health, a record 17 deaths caused by coronavirus, including two in Washington County, while hospital admissions across the state continued to rise.
In a statement, Governor Gary Herbert reiterated what he alluded to on Thursday that he would make changes to the state’s precautionary policy early next week.
“COVID-19 is rampant and unregulated in our community. Staying ahead of this trend will become more and more difficult with each passing day. In the coming days, I will announce additional policies designed to address this ongoing rise, ”said Herbert, criticizing those he said did not take the pandemic seriously. “The numbers reported today are exactly what we have been alerting Utah residents for weeks. That is why we have begged Utahns to adopt behavior that would have prevented us from reaching this point. “
There are 1,952 people currently infected with the virus in Southern Utah, according to the Utah Department of Health, more than one in every 100 people locally. Of the 200 new infections reported Friday, 162 were in Washington County and 83 were in the city of St. Petersburg. George.
Iron Granules, where there are no masking requirements since it transitioned to an average in the COVID Transmission Index-19 on October 29, had the highest number of new infections in a day since initiation. pandemic on Friday with 28 new cases. infection.
Due to the virus’s 14-day gestation period, the current increase in numbers still doesn’t reflect any of the infections taking place during Halloween and health officials are hoping for social gatherings. Taking place after that will cause an even greater increase in the coming week.
There was a large gathering taking place at an indoor facility near the site of the former Brigham’s Playhouse in Washington City on October 31, which was seen as an isolation party / rally, attracting dozens of people. up close without covering his face. Social media is also rife with similar events across Utah that prompted state epidemiologist Dr Angela Dunn on Thursday.
“This is very worrying about the spike in the next week or so. It is likely that we will see more cases because of these major events, ”says Dunn. “We cannot have these large gatherings.“
Southwest Utah Department of Public Health have expressed less warning about gatherings of people. A major costume festival is underway at the Washington County Regional Park during the weekend, and division spokesman David Heaton said the crowds are not a problem right now.
“Such events are allowed with appropriate precautions, and outdoor events show that the risk of an outbreak in our area is low so far.,Heaton said.
While a new policy that began on October 13 requires the wear of a mask in indoor public places with high transmission rates such as Washington, Garfield and Beaver counties, Dunn said Thursday that the follow-up Utah Health Department contact tracking has determined that most Spreads have occurred when people returned home, removed their masks and interrupted people from outside the household without looking far or covering their faces.
The increase was beyond Utah for the nation. According to John Hopkins University, the United States had more than 100,000 new cases in the past three days, including 121,504 new infections on Friday. As for the perspective, that’s more than all of the infections that have occurred in Japan since January (104,782).
The market limited buying toilet paper and disinfectant again
With the increase of coronavirus in localities, states and countries, local shoppers are a bit worried since the beginning of the pandemic as there is a new rush for products like tissue paper. bio-products and sterilization products.
Kroger, the parent company of Smith’s Market, said on Friday it was reinstating the two-item limit on products like toilet paper and disinfectant cleaning products.
“To ensure all customers have access to what they need, we have proactively and temporarily set a purchase limit per customer of two for certain products,” says Kroger. know in a statement made by St. John. George News received.
At Smith’s Market on Bluff Street in St. Petersburg George Friday, the market seems to be more crowded than usual. However, there are plenty of toilet paper and tissue products, as well as disinfecting products. Signs placed on the aisles inform shoppers of the two-item limit.
St. George News already knew that Albertsons now also has a two-item limit on both cleaning products and toilet paper. Meanwhile, Walmart and Lin’s Market currently have no restrictions on toilet paper but have a limit of two items for disinfectants and disinfectants.
An unrestricted local market at the moment is Harmons, although a store employee pointed out that “We rarely have cleaning products in stock.”
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Number of coronaviruses in Southern Utah (as of November 6, 2020, seven days averaging in parentheses)
Test positive for COVID-19: 7,219 (119.9 new infections per day for seven days, increased since November 5)
- Washington County: 5,836 (102.9 per day, up)
- Iron Nuts: 1056 (11 per day, increase)
- Kane seeds: 107 (0.6 per day, up)
- Garfield County: 120 (2 people per day, increase)
- Beaver seeds: 100 (2.9 per day, steady)
Deaths: 60 (0.6 per day, increase)
- Washington County: 49 (2 new since last report: Female 65-84 hospitalized, male 65-84 hospitalized,)
- Iron seeds: 4
- Garfield County: 5
- Kane seeds: 1
- Beaver seeds: 1
Hospitalize: 28 (decrease)
Utah’s current seven-day average: 2,033 (increase)
Southern Utah counties have a high transmission rate as of November 5 (mask required, gather 10 or less): Washington (22.4% tested positive, 689.0 per 100,000 cases), Beaver (22.2% tested positive, 410.3 per 100,000 cases), Garfield (11.3% tested positive calculated, 393.7 per 100,000 case rate)
Southern Utah counties with moderate transmission (mask required, gather 10 or less people until October 29): Iron (12.9% tested positive, rate 255.8 per 100,000 cases)
Southern Utah counties with low contagiousness (masking recommended, 50 or less congestion):, Kane (14.9% tested positive, rate 320.6 per 100,000 cases)
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