Woman from Cache County dies from COVID-19

LOGAN – As the country enters the third month of the pandemic, Cache County has its first COVID-19 death. Sunday night an 85-year old female resident of the county passed away. However, she was tested, diagnosed, treated and died in another state.

It is the second death in the Bear River Health District (BRHD), following one earlier of a resident of Box Elder County who also died in another state.

During the Memorial Day weekend four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the district, three on Saturday and one on Monday.

The four confirmed weekend cases were all Cache County residents, three 18-60 and the other over 60 years of age.

There are now 103 cases in northern Utah during the pandemic. Among those, 78 were found in Cache County and 25 in Box Elder County and none in Rich County.

The Utah Department of Health’s Monday report shows positive cases of COVID-19 grew by 129  to a total of 8,521, a daily rate increase of 2.2 percent.

There was one death reported Monday. The state’s coronavirus death toll is 98.

There are 95 positive COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized in Utah. Since the start of the pandemic there have been 692 hospitalizations. That number increased by four since yesterday.

A total of 2,025 tests were administered since yesterday and the rate of positives is still at 4.3 percent. That means there have been 196,468 tests given since the start of the pandemic.

Among the state’s 8,521 positives, a total of 5,218 are considered “recovered.”

The latest Idaho report shows 2,626 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 79 deaths. No cases have been reported in Franklin, Bear Lake and Oneida counties.

Recently, Republican Governor Brad Little ordered bars to stay closed until at least June 13. Last weekend, defying the Governor’s order, Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin reopened the tavern she owns with her family in Idaho Falls.

Reportedly a few days before reopening The Celt Pub and Grill, the Lt. Governor wrote an op-ed in the Daily Beast slamming the governor.

“As Lieutenant Governor, I am one heartbeat away from the governor’s chair. State residents were sidelined and left to watch silently as the government closed Main Street by unilaterally deciding which businesses were ‘essential’ and which ones were not.”

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11 Comments

  • Free Bird May 25, 2020 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Maybe we can get a government agency to explain to us of how many people died of suicide or depression because of this so called pandemic.
    What, we don’t have a government agency that keeps track of the real results?

  • Susan Smart May 26, 2020 at 1:32 am Reply

    Death is not ‘real’ enough for you?
    One death to suicide and depression was reported due to the virus.
    The problem is it seems like a nightmare and surreal.

  • Herm Olsen May 26, 2020 at 6:44 am Reply

    “So-called pandemic”? If competent medical experts call it a pandemic, I trust them over a faux-‘Free bird’ any day. Especially a person who doesn’t have the courage to use her real name!

    • Free Bird May 26, 2020 at 5:10 pm Reply

      Oh boy, it’s the plastic bag capper. I see all of your liberal cities that ban plastic bags, have changed their mind? Imagine that?
      It’s about the same as an attorney telling he is honest.

  • neece May 26, 2020 at 9:30 am Reply

    I don’t get why they are counting people who are past residents living in another state? why on earth would you do this? in my opinion you are only doing this to get more money! and doesn’t it skew the actual numbers? wouldn’t the state they now live in also count them? something is definitely stinks and I don’t like it.

    • Zach May 26, 2020 at 11:22 am Reply

      It’s based on residency. If someone from Florida got it and died here they would be counted in Florida’s numbers.

      And there is no evidence that hospitals or care centers are inflating deaths to get more money. Medicare does periodic audits if anything looks off in reporting. If this were discovered the hospital and care administrators would be charged with fraud.

      Please don’t spread rumors.

    • Zach May 26, 2020 at 11:23 am Reply

      There is no evidence that hospitals or care centers are inflating deaths to get more money. Medicare does periodic audits if anything looks off in reporting. If this were discovered the hospital and care administrators would be charged with fraud.

      Please don’t spread rumors.

  • D Ashcroft May 26, 2020 at 10:17 am Reply

    Why do we count a death, one in Box Elder and now one in Cache County that both contracted, were tested, lived and died somewhere else in our count? Do they count in the other place where they were currently residing also?

    • Zach May 26, 2020 at 11:20 am Reply

      I think it’s counted based on where their residency is. So, for example, if a Florida man got it and died here, it would reflect in the Florida totals but not Cache Valley’s.

  • Deedee May 26, 2020 at 10:46 am Reply

    Free bird I agree. The real count we will never know. cDC can’t even make up their mind about the number is death. And in their own definition on the website this is not even considered a pandemic. It’s a bad case I’d the flu basically. Instead of getting everybody worked up and scared we should see some news articles from nutritionists and naturopath doctors about how to prepare our bodies in case we do get it. Give us some concrete things to do. Vitamin D is essential, vitamin C is good to have some extra, have a humidifier at home, oxygen if you can, lay on your stomach if you have trouble breathing, etc. Let’s take control of our health and move forward without constant fear. So many are afraid of dying that they gave up living. Not what life was meant to be like.

  • Burke May 26, 2020 at 1:37 pm Reply

    How many bear river cases are not even Currently in the bear river Health District and are in a different state? Anybody know?

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