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Six new COVID-19 cases were counted in the Southwest Utah region as of May 26, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department.
The figure represents a decrease from the 19 new cases reported on Memorial Day and 11 new cases on May 24.
Out of a total of 330 cases in the region, 279 have been reported from Washington County, 45 from Iron County, three from Kane County and three from Garfield County, with no cases currently in Beaver County.
Additionally, 192 people in the region have recovered, meaning they have gone at least three weeks since being diagnosed and have survived. There were seven people currently hospitalized. Four people have died to date.
There have been 10,288 COVID-19 tests performed as of the last report received.
Utah currently has 8,620 cases and has had 101 deaths.
Dixie Regional expresses support for code yellow
As the number of new cases has gone down, Dixie Regional Medical Center personnel have expressed support for the state’s move to code yellow.
Mitch Cloward, Dixie Regional hospital administrator, and Patrick Carroll, Dixie Regional medical director, said in a joint statement that they support state leadership’s current recommendations, and their fundamental concern at this time is that the code yellow recommendations be followed.
Carroll previously expressed support of staying at code orange, but the statement clarifies that this was prior to the state’s transition to yellow.
“We have expressed these points and support (St. George Mayor Jon Pike’s) recommendation to move to yellow and believe he is responsibly leading our city during this difficult time,” the statement reads. “We also appreciate our governor’s thoughtful and responsible plan and have respectfully observed and honored his color designation decisions.”
The statement also emphasizes the importance of following guidelines, which haven’t changed much between the orange and yellow designations.
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For instance, yellow recommendations “clearly advocate” for social distancing, wearing masks when it is difficult to maintain a six-foot distance and observing good hand hygiene, the statement reads.
“We support city and state needs to get the economy moving and believe we can also stay safe by following the state guidelines,” the statement reads. “We don’t have to do just one or the other.”
However, Cloward and Carroll expressed concern in their statement that many people believe the need to follow recommendations is less at code yellow, but this is not the case.
“We can observe them and open our businesses — and should do both at the same time,” the statement reads. “This perspective is consistently held across our organization.”
Kaitlyn Bancroft reports on faith, health, education, crime and under-served communities for The Spectrum & Daily News, a USA TODAY Network newsroom in St. George, Utah. You can reach her at KBancroft@thespectrum.com, or follow her on Twitter @katbancroft.
This article originally appeared on St. George Spectrum & Daily News: Six new COVID-19 cases in SW Utah on May 26; Dixie Regional supports code yellow