Just a few thoughts now that we have confirmed cases of COVID-19 here in Utah. I want to share some of the information that scientists have shared with me about why our personal actions are so important with this pandemic.
The patient resides within the Weber-Morgan health district, is older than 60, and is currently in serious, but stable, condition at Intermountain McKay Dee Hospital. Prior to becoming ill, the patient traveled extensively outside Utah and the U.S. and is believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 during those travels.
The strategy of ‘home isolation’ will become the norm as we see additional cases, especially among those whose symptoms are not severe enough to require hospitalization. These individuals will be monitored by the state or local health departments and will be provided with detailed information on what they should do to prevent others in the home from becoming
A patient who has since been diagnosed with COVID-19 attended the recent BYU-Gonzaga basketball game. The patient felt only mild symptoms and the Utah Department of Health currently believes the risk to others who attended the game is very low.
The Utah Department of Health, Davis County Health Department, and the COVID-19 Community Task Force confirmed the first known case of COVID-19 in Utah. The patient is believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 while on a recent cruise aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship.
“Our number one focus is preparing for the arrival of novel coronavirus,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said. “Issuing this declaration now allows us to take additional proactive steps that will make a big difference in how effectively we can respond.”