BRHD caseload grows by 42 and that is another 1-day record

LOGAN – Sunday’s 42 new COVID-19 positive cases in the Bear River Heath District set another one-day record, while the Utah Department of Health reported 264 positive cases, the third highest single-day total the last two and a half months.

Of the 42 new cases in Northern Utah, 40 originated in Cache County (four under the age of 18, 31 are between 18-60 and five are over 60). The other two are Box Elder County cases, both 18-60. None are hospitalized.

The five days of escalating cases in the northern district started with 10 on Wednesday, followed by 21 Thursday, 31 Friday, 38 Saturday and 42 Sunday.

The BRHD caseload has grown to 248 with 219 of the cases from Cache County, 29 from Box Elder County and none in Rich County.

The state’s Two-Week Cumulative Incidence Rate focuses on high rates (more than 100 cases per 100,000 people) and Logan is featured on that list.

Lloyd Berentzen, Director of the Bear River Health Department, said more testing has been done in northern Utah, including two large valley companies asking the state to conduct mass testing.

”On the south end of the valley Saturday we had 10 teams come up from the state,” Berentzen explained. “They did 1,300 or so tests. We know, because of some of the at-risk populations that are symptomatic, we think we’re going to see an uptick again because of that. So, we’re expecting to see some higher numbers as those tests come back.”

Statewide, including 264 new cases Sunday, the Utah Department of Health’s total positive COVID-19 caseload stands at 9,797, a daily rate increase of 2.8 percent from yesterday. With 3,809 tests administered yesterday, 213,914 Utahns have been tested and the rate of positives is still at 4.6 percent.

The state’s COVID-19 deaths grew to 113, one more than yesterday.

There were 12 more hospitalizations on the Sunday report, 98 positive cases are now hospitalized, and the total hospitalizations the last two and a half months in Utah is 775.

The latest Idaho report shows 2,839 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 82 deaths. The first confirmed positive case in Franklin County was recorded last week. There are still no cases that have been found in Bear Lake and Oneida counties.

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  • Bruce Copeland June 1, 2020 at 11:14 am Reply

    I’m glad COVID-19 testing in Cache Valley is increasing (it has been inadequate for some time). However it is intellectually dishonest for Director Berentzen to imply that testing is the ‘explanation’ for four consecutive days of substantially increased COVID-19 case counts in Cache County (and elsewhere in Utah). Increased testing can only account for case increases on certain days, and Mr. Berentzon should know this.

    Social distancing and/or mask use seem to have gone by the wayside in Cache Valley and elsewhere.

    For the past several weekends I’ve seen numerous large groups of people congregating in our canyons without social distancing or mask use. Recreation is great in many ways, but even outdoors it doesn’t help much when people fail to follow safe health practices.

    If our leaders cannot or will not convey the need for all people to continue best practices for COVID-19 health safety, then we will undoubtedly see a second outbreak of COVID-19 cases, and that is not going to do anything good for our economy.

  • Stevie Koller June 1, 2020 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Thanks Bruce, I agree. We need more people in Cache Valley to stand up and protect all of us. Economies can recover, people cannot if they are dead or buried in medical bills. And what if all of our distinguished elders die due to exposure? There go the head of household, there go the lawyers and doctors and nurses and people that work to take care of the public. Step it up Cache Valley, wear a mask and social distance not sociopath distance. It’s not hard.

  • prince albert June 2, 2020 at 12:34 am Reply

    I agree with Steve and Bruce, step it up cache valley, and hide in your basements until Bruce and Steve are not scared of you and your freedom.

    • Free Bird June 2, 2020 at 5:21 pm Reply

      lol! Maybe we can get Herm to chime in.

  • DRA June 2, 2020 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Remember when we said that “X” number of people would get this no matter what? Remember when we were closing down etc. to flatten the curve so medical would not become overwhelmed? Well, we have flattened the curve and now the remainder of the projected number are now getting it. Masks, distance may help but the disease is not going away anytime soon. Just the initial spike.

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