A woman between the ages of 18-60, who had been receiving hospice care in a long-term facility, has died from COVID-19-related complications, according to The Weber-Morgan Health Department.
The woman, who tested positive for the coronavirus last week, "had underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe disease and complication from COVID-19," a news release stated.
It's Utah's fifth reported coronavirus-related death, she was a Weber County resident. As of Tuesday afternoon, Utah has tested 18,513 people resulting in 887 total coronavirus cases with 73 hospitalizations and five deaths.
Brian Bennion, executive director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department said:
We want the family and the staff and residents at the care facility to know our heartfelt condolences. We appreciate the prompt actions of the care facility to recognize and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. They immediately implemented prevention measures to protect the other residents and their staff.
The health department is working with those who were in close contact with the patient. Currently, there are no COVID-19 cases associated with the woman who passed away.
After the woman began showing symptoms, she was placed in isolation and tested for the virus.
A news release states:
As an additional precaution, members of the Healthcare Associated Infection Team from the Utah Department of Health were brought in to assist with the investigation, a facility assessment and offer guidance for additional prevention activities.
Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health said:
Assuring the health and safety of vulnerable populations, like those living in longterm care facilities is an important part of the public health response. “We’ve worked hard with our partners at local health departments to ensure these facilities are aware of the steps they can take to limit the spread of COVID-19 among their residents.
Below are prevention measures recommended by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH):
See the latest Utah coronavirus numbers here.