SALT LAKE CITY – A relatively young population in Utah can help keep the death of COVID-19 in check.
The highest percentage of cases still occurs in the Utah population under the age of 25 to 44, but according to the Utah Department of Health, they are not the ones who died. Deaths are more common in people over the age of 65 in Utah, especially in people over the age of 85 who become infected with the virus.
“COVID-19 has been particularly deadly to older people,” said a report released Wednesday by the Kem C. Gardner University Institute of Utah’s political institute. The mortality rate analysis continues, “it appears to increase exponentially with age, as is common for mortality rates.”;
However, according to the report, Utah has one of the lowest mortality rates per capita in the country, but it also has the youngest median age of 31.3 years. The average age in the USA is 38.4.
Research suggests that if the average age in Utah were closer to the national average, the COVID-19 mortality rate would increase by 50% to 10.1 per 100,000 people. Conversely, if the country’s age structure resembled Utah refugees, there could be one-third fewer deaths in the United States.
The United States has had the highest number of deaths in the world as a result of a new coronavirus, which killed 150,000 people on Wednesday. According to the Coronavirus University Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University.
In Utah, 292 people have died of the virus and its complications so far.
Six new deaths
A further six deaths were reported in Utah on Wednesday, as well as 339 new cases of COVID-19, including positive antigen tests, bringing the total number of infections in Utah to 39,194, with an estimated 26,643 cases now recovering.
The average seven-day average of positive tests is 511 per day with 9.8% positivity. Utah Government Gary Herbert has called on Utah to reduce the moving average below August 1 or to face further government action.
Among the newly reported deaths are four in Salt Lake County, including two men, one over 85 and one between 65 and 84; and two women aged 65 to 84 years. Both men and one woman were residents of long-term care facilities at the time of death. A 45- to 64-year-old man in Utah County who lives in a long-term care facility also died. And a Weber County man aged 65 to 84 was hospitalized at the time of his death.
On Wednesday, 208 were hospitalized at COVID-19 Hospital in Utah and occupied almost 70% of all beds in intensive care units.
The state tested 518,191 people for coronavirus.
Most of the state remains in the low-risk or yellow category, although Herbert stated that the color-coded orientation refers to the economic situation rather than the individual risk of the disease. Salt Lake City is still marked as an orange or medium risk category. Public health regulations require face protection in public throughout Salt Lake, Summit and Grand County.
Some rural areas of the state, where social spending is commonly applied, have gone green and have less restrictions than the rest of the state, although these areas have much fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19.
This week, Herbert updated state guidelines that allow for the opening of 24-hour restaurants as well as buffet-style dining.
Utah District Request
The governor has also mandated students, teachers, staff and visitors to wear masks in public schools when they open in the coming weeks.
Many Utah residents disagreed with the school mandate and were expected to comment on the rule during a Utah County meeting on Wednesday. However, the topic was removed from the program after it was found to have been added incorrectly. People were in the arms of the event and also expressed concern about how the mandate violates their rights and the rights of their children.
The Commission is not empowered to make changes to national public health regulations. Commissioner Bill Lee wrote a letter to the region’s director of public health, asking him to ask the state for a “compassionate exception to the universal mandate,” he said on Wednesday before the regular meeting.
However, Lee said he would continue to wear the mask wherever social distancing is not possible.
The use of the mask and other preventive measures have contributed to low UOV-related mortality associated with COVID-19, according to a report by the Gardner Policy Institute. The report attributes the age discrepancy to the state for only a quarter of its mortality benefit compared to other states, adding that it probably also played a role in the prevention, response and treatment of the highly contagious virus.
The health ministry summit on Wednesday said its camouflage mandate had in fact led to a reduction in new cases of COVID-19 since its implementation on July 10.
“The data is clear: wearing face masks reduces the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Dr. Rich Bullough, Director of Health at Summit County. “Our economic and health outlook for autumn and winter is much more favorable if we can maintain this trend through community efforts.”
He said that “the efforts of the region are clearly paying off.”
Although the state has experienced the beginning of this pandemic, the U. report emphasizes that “the number is constantly growing.”
Herbert has ruled against a nationwide camouflage mandate, saying local jurisdictions have a better idea of what is best for their constituents. He is also said to be counting on Utahns to choose “do the right thing” by choosing to use his mask.
“If we are not careful, Utah could move to the peak of a wave of death that will eventually rival or even overtake the patterns that occur in the United States,” the report said. The state values ”metrics such as employment and volunteering well, in part because Utah leaders and people are working to make these metrics work.
“In this public health crisis, our results will depend to a large extent on how wise Utahs respond to the advice of experts with training and expertise in dealing with epidemics,” the report said. Monitoring cases and outbreaks, quarantining and implementing other good public health measures “will help Utah manage the storm effectively.”
Latest breakdown of Utah cases, hospitalizations and deaths by health district:
- Salt Lake County, 18,575; 1,207 hospitalized; 166 deaths.
- Utah County, 7,483; 353 hospitalized; 32 deaths.
- Southwest Utah, 2,827; 157 hospitalized; 24 deaths.
- Davis County, 2,819; 160 hospitalized; 12 deaths.
- Weber-Morgan, 2,480; 152 hospitalized; 25 deaths.
- Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 2.113; 87 hospitalized; 5 deaths.
- Summit County, 679; 52 hospitalized; 1 death.
- San Juan County, 596; 76 hospitalized; 22 deaths.
- Wasatch County, 522; 20 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
- Tooele County, 518; 26 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
- Central Utah, 357; 20 hospitalized; 1 death.
- TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 146; 8 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
- Southeast Utah, 79; 6 hospitalized; 0 deaths.