Read the alert “Utah: COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. Record cases. Almost every county is a high transmission area. Nearly hospitals are overcrowded.” “Under the public health system, masks are required in areas of transmission. Social gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer.”
“be cerfull!” She warned, along with a link containing more information about the ever-growing escalation of the Corona virus.
Messages were sent starting at 2 p.m. on Friday and were active for 15 minutes.
Typically used in severe weather and AMBER alerts, local and state officials are increasingly deploying Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to warn of Covid-19 mutations as well. As of late September, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local officials sent the public more than 400 such alerts.
“Despite the ongoing epidemic, there are a number of people who are unaware of the dire situation in which we find ourselves,” state officials said. As a result, the emergency warning was an attempt “to ensure that nearly everyone is aware of the dangerous nature of the pandemic.”
The warning came as the state reached a bleak phase, with Utah reaching record levels on several Covid-19 metrics, including the number of new cases, the average case for 7 days, and the percentage of test positive, as a dashboard shows the state.
At a press conference on Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert described the state’s situation as “one of the worst outbreaks in the country”.
The state reported 2,281 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to state data. Previously, it had a record high of 1989 cases on October 22. Moreover, the average of cases for a period of 7 days now records a record of 1,621.7 cases, and the percentage of positive tests stands at 18.17% as of Friday. All these barometers are on the rise.
Meanwhile, 72.5% of Utah’s intensive care beds are occupied, along with 54% of its traditional beds, according to the government dashboard, which means hospitals are quickly running out of space for new patients.
CNN’s Gene Silva contributed to this report.