Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 4, 2020
No COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout Tooele County

Governor releases school COVID-19 manual with information for parents 

With a total of 27 hospitalized cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, there are currently no Tooele County residents hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the Tooele County Health Department.

The running total confirmed COVID-19 cases for Tooele County is 547, as of Aug.3, up 23 from the July 30 total of 524.

There have been no deaths in the county at this time.

The state is reporting 41,529 total confirmed cases statewide, with 2,450 total hospitalizations and 314 deaths.

Statewide there were 207 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Aug. 3, with the non-ICU hospital bed occupancy rate at 49.5% and with 66.8% of ICU beds occupied and 14.9% of ventilators in use. 

For the state, 447 was the average seven-day number of cases.

The incident growth ratio for seven days was 0.82, according to the report, with the recovery rate being 71%.

Governor Gary Herbert announced that the Utah Department of Health, along with 13 other local health departments in the state have released the COVID-19 school manual for this year.

The manual provides parents with guidelines to make decisions about how to best provide a safe learning environment for their children.

It also helps teachers and school officials know how to keep their workplace safe, according to the report from the health department.

The manual states that the two most important things parents and teachers need to know is what to do if someone in a school tests positive and how to make a health learning environment possible, and protect schools.

The manual also states that it is important to reopen schools for a number of reasons.

When children are in school, they benefit from important routines, structure, and support services, according to the manual.

Schools are essential for economic growth, they give jobs to teachers and other employees, along with allowing parents to be able to work while the children are in school.

It also states that schools provide critical psychological, mental, and behavioral health counseling if needed.

The 102 page manual also touches on why face coverings are necessary, hygiene practices and symptom checking, and assessing the risk in each space of the school.

The manual can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov.

 

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