COVID, omicron: Why the risk of COVID-19 is higher in 3 counties in Utah

Two other counties in Utah, Salt Lake and Weber, were raised to moderate levels of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week as cases increase in the state.

Summit County was upgraded to medium or yellow status on the CDC’s national map earlier this month, which measured the level of the COVID-19 community across the agency district. The remaining counties in Utah remain at low or green levels of the virus.

“I think it’s evidence of the growth of the summer we’ve warned about,” said Nicholas Rupp, a spokesman for the Salt Lake County Department of Health, who urged residents to get COVID-19 bullets. “Now it’s time to make sure people are modern and get vaccinated or vaccinated.”

The CDC advises all middle-income people in the middle county to maintain improved ventilation in private and public interiors and to continue their COVID-19 shootings. The initial shot and the first booster dose are available for 5 and older. Those over the age of 50 or those with a specific medical condition will receive a second amplifier shot.

People at high risk of contracting the disease should be tested for the virus, including whether to wear a mask with medical personnel and take other measures, the CDC said. People who live or spend time with high-risk people should wear masks and be tested.

At the community level, public health authorities need to step up protection, and the CDC recommends testing for people exposed to COVID-19 at work, school, or other community settings. In Utah, most testing and treatment has been outsourced to private providers under the government. Spencer Cox’s response to the “steady state” pandemic.

Rupp said the county still has free testing at the Salt Lake Public Health Center and the Cannon Building in Salt Lake City; West Valley City Hall and Redwood Recreation Center West Valley City; Thomas Jefferson Junior University Kirns; Providence Hall High School in Harriman; and the old Labor Force Building in Midway.

Go to coronavirus.utah.gov to register for free testing or to view other sites that require insurance.

“People shouldn’t stay home from work, school and social events if they have symptoms and they should be tested,” Rupp said, “through a home antigen (test) or at one of the seven free test sites available.”

The Weber-Morgan Department of Health also advised residents.

Brian Cowen, executive director of the Weber-Morgan Department, said in a statement, “As we see an increase in work, we are asking the community to help us by using the tools we have relied on for the past two years.” The department continues to contact people who have been positively tested to slow the spread of the virus, he said.

“Vaccination is still the safest and most effective way to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. Multipliers are now available for people over the age of five, ”Cowen said. “Get tested for symptoms and stay home if you are sick. Avoid people at risk of illness and use masks, wash your hands frequently, and continue to wear masks and social distance in crowded public places. ”

The CDC determines the level of risk across the county based on the number of weekly cases per 100,000 residents, as well as the number of hospitalizations with the virus and the number of hospital beds filled with COVID-19 patients.

The Covid-19 risk assessment method was modified by the federal agency earlier this year, with the Omiron highly contagious variant reaching record levels across the county, doubling the number of cases per 100,000 residents per week, including hospital readings. The highest level of transmission, up to 200.

The use of indicators and capabilities in setting levels has been criticized because they lag behind the spread of the virus. Utah has replaced its metrics with the CDC community level to identify risk, including a map on the state’s coronavirus.utah.gov website.

Almost all of Utah and the rest of the country are in the bright red, high-risk category in the CDC map version, using the previous standard of more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days. 10% with a positive test result.

The CDC updates the assessment daily, but new COVID-19 data now comes from Utah only once a week. The Utah Department of Health said Thursday that another 5,611 cases of the virus have been reported in the state in the past seven days, an increase of more than 25 percent from the average daily illness.

The State Department of Health says dozens more COVID-19 deaths have been reported since May 19, including one in Utah County between the ages of 1 and 14. Utah has less than five deaths from the virus at this age, according to state charts.

Friday’s CDC map shows that almost 21% of county risks across the country are at an average level, an increase of almost 6%. In most counties, more than 71% are still at low risk, but that number has dropped to 4%.

At a high risk level of less than 8% of the country, universal masks are offered, most of them in densely populated areas of the Northeast, where they are severely affected by the latest omicron subvariants, which are even more contagious. than the original mutation.

With the exception of some areas of Montana and Colorado, much of Intermountain West remains at low or moderate risk. As the delta variant intensified last fall, the Inter-Mountain West became the country’s hotspot as this version of the virus spread from east to west.

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