Members of the media tour an appointment-only drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility that has been set up outside University of Utah Health’s South Jordan Health Center on Friday, March 13, 2020. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah reported 56 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the state’s total to 402.
Salt Lake County jumped from 151 cases to 178 — accounting for about half of the new cases with 27 confirmed. Summit County, which issued a stay-at-home order that goes into effect just after midnight tonight, increased from 97 to 103.
Utah County reported an increase to 25 cases, up from 19, while Davis County increased to 39 cases from 35 on Wednesday.
Just 24 hours after Summit County issued its stay-at-home order, some groups and leaders are pressing state officials to do the same. So far, the governor has not issued such an order, but governors in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Colorado have. Idaho currently has far fewer confirmed coronavirus cases than Utah has.
Idaho’s numbers jumped 150% in nine days, prompting Gov. Brad Little to issue a statewide 21-day stay-at-home order. Idaho has tested far fewer people, just over 2,000 as of midday Thursday, which indicates the state’s numbers could be much higher.
President Donald Trump issued a letter to all U.S. governors thanking them for their efforts and telling them they’re working on new guidelines now that testing capabilities across the country are increasing.
“This is what we envision: Our expanded testing capabilities will quickly enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists, to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” he wrote. “This will incorporate robust surveillance testing, which allows us to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the …read more
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