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Southwest Utah reports third resident death due to COVID-19

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ST. GEORGE (ABC4 News) — The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) announced Tuesday a third resident has died at a local hospital after battling COVID-19.

Officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon while providing an update on coronavirus cases throughout the five-county district.

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“We are saddened to announce the death of one of our residents who passed away May 3rd in a local hospital. The patient was a male over age 50 who had COVID-19 along with other underlying health conditions. Out of respect for family privacy, we will not be releasing any further details regarding this case,” officials wrote on the SWUPHD Facebook page.

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As of May 5th, SWUPHD is reporting 121 total confirmed cases (4 new), including:

  • Washington County: 89 (4 new)
  • Iron County: 26
  • Kane County: 3
  • Beaver County: 0
  • Garfield County: 3
  • 78 total recovered (1 new)
  • 3 currently hospitalized
  • 3 deaths* (3-26-20, 4-23-20, 5-3-20)
  • 6,931 tests performed (as of last report received)

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