Utah’s first case of COVID-19 community spread reported in Summit County

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health announced Saturday that a new case of COVID-19 in Summit County marks the first case of the disease spreading to the community in Utah.

Spread of the community means that the source of the infection is unknown; previous diagnosed cases of the new coronavirus in Utah came from residents who had recently traveled to affected areas.

The patient is a Summit County male residing between 18 and 60 years, the Department of Health announced in a press release. He had “no travel history and no known contact with anyone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19,” the statement said.

“The patient is an employee of the Spur Bar and Grill and has reported working while symptomatic,” he says. “Public health officials interviewed the patient and believe that the greatest potential risk is for his colleagues. The man’s job at the bar did not require him to interact with customers for long periods of time.”

Dr Rich Bullough, executive director of Summit County’s health department, said in the statement that he did not believe that the patrons of the bar are at “high risk”. However, anyone who has visited the bar since March 6 should monitor themselves for symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, he said.

Officials said the bar closed last night and did a thorough cleaning.

In the statement, officials reminded residents not to report to clinics or hospitals if symptoms are not present. “Instead, use telehealth or call your doctor to find out if tests are needed so that hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms aren’t overworked,” he says.

We are working to gather more information and will update this story.

Graham Dudley

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