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September 8, 2020
Tooele County only health department with no deaths

No current COVID-19 hospitalizations for county residents 

The latest COVID-19 news for Tooele County includes statistics from the Tooele County Health Department and the state has released how deaths related to the virus are counted on their website.

As of Monday evening, Tooele County had 742 positive cases of the virus, with 33 hospitalizations, and zero deaths, according to Amy Bate, with the county Health Department.

Thursday there were 708 positive cases of the virus, with 30 hospitalizations and zero deaths, according to a report released bi-weekly by the county Health Department on Mondays and Thursdays.

Tooele County has the only local health department in Utah with zero deaths. There are no Tooele County individuals receiving hospital care for COVID-19 at this time, according Bate.

Utah State currently has 55,033 positive cases of the virus, with 3,225 hospitalizations, and 423 deaths.

In Utah, 691,743 individuals have been tested for the virus.

The coronavirus.utah.gov website has released new information related to the virus.

The question of how public health officials count deaths related to the virus have surfaced recently after the CDC updated death information on its website, according to coronavirus.utah.gov.

The CDC released this statement that made individuals question the small percentage of deaths because of the virus along: “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”

The Utah coronavirus website stated that some individuals have taken that sentence to mean that only 6% of individuals died because of COVID-19.

However, according to the website, the fact is that 6% of COVID-19 death certificates mention only COVID-19 as the cause of death, without describing a succession of causes.

The website also stated that comorbidities or coexisting conditions came after and because of COVID-19.

Many other death certificates include comorbid pre-existing conditions that caused complications and worsened the individual’s outcome when they were diagnosed with the virus, according to the state website.

“We know that people don’t die from a virus itself. It’s the disease the virus causes and the resulting conditions — pneumonia, hypoxia, organ failure — that lead to death,” utahcoronavirus.gov stated.

 

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