Utah's First Coronavirus Death, 45 New Cases Announced

Mar 23, 2020

On Sunday, a Utah man over the age of 60 passed away due to complications related to the coronavirus. According to the Utah Department of Health announcement in relation to his death, the man was from Davis County, had underlying medical conditions and had been hospitalized for two days prior to his death. 

“Even though we knew some Utah residents would lose their lives to this illness it is heartbreaking to announce this first death. We share in this family’s grief and are deeply committed to doing all we can to ensure the health and safety of our community,”  Dr. Angela Dunn, UDOH state epidemiologist, was quoted as saying in the department announcement. “We need all Utah residents to do their part in taking the necessary steps to limit the spread of this illness.”

On Sunday 45 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah were announced as well. One of the new cases is a visitor to the state, the rest are residents. This announcement brings the total number of cases in the state to 181 as of Sunday at 1 p.m.

Senator Luz Escamila, a Democrat in Salt Lake County, announced on Sunday that she had tested positive for the virus as well. She said she and her family are now in quarentine. 

Additional updates from Sunday can be found here. 

You can watch Sunday's full press conference here.