Utah is home to 3.161 million people. This is less than 1% of the United States, but that does not make it any less important. The World is currently undergoing a pandemic. There is a virus known as COVID-19. COVID-19 is a flu-like illness that has already killed 55,741 people according to worldometers.info. This illness is tough to stop because the spread is so quick and symptoms do not show for 2 weeks. A person can be spreading the disease without even knowing they have it.

In Utah there are currently 1,074 cases and 7 deaths according to the New York Times on April 3, 2020. This seems like a large number but in reality it is much larger. Currently Utah does not have enough tests to be testing everyone. Utah is only testing people with all symptoms, fever of greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, new cough, difficulty breathing, and muscle aches. This means the number is probably much larger than what is known at the moment. 

The last time Utah developed a flu pandemic plan was in 2007. This plan was made for an outbreak that would use all of the state’s supplies. Currently the health department is getting a count for all medical supplies like ventilators, beds, and medical gowns. This will help get an idea for what supplies may be needed soon or what may be able to help other states with. Although Utah is overall a low risk state. According to the Salt Lake Tribune,”model anticipates 20% of infected Utahans will need hospital care.” This is because the Utah population is young and are less likely to be smokers or have underlying health conditions compared to other states. 

Sources:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/03/29/are-utah-hospitals-ready/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/utah-coronavirus-cases.html

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-toll/

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