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Find the latest information on the Coronavirus outbreak in Utah, including public health measures, contact information, news updates, and more.

Gov. Cox, Doctors Address Surging COVID-19 Cases Across Utah

Governor Spencer Cox says Utah has hit a “breaking point” when it comes to COVID-19, with rising cases and fewer hospital beds to treat people. For the first time since the pandemic began, Cox says Utah has had an instance where there were no available intensive care unit beds. The biggest impact this has had is on rural hospitals and their ability to transport critical patients. 

 

Deputy director of Utah’s Department of Health Dr. Michelle Hofmann says they are expecting a “possibility of up to 39,000 cases in the month of September alone” for children aged 5-17. On top of this, Primary Children’s says they are seeing a rise in RSV cases, further limiting the number of available beds.

 

Cox, Hoffman and other health professionals pleaded with Utahns to wear a mask and get vaccinated. Cox says what’s missing from the COVID conversation in Utah is “a little bit of common sense, a little bit of nuance, a little bit of grace and a little bit of understanding.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!