‘Preliminary, unofficial’ data shows highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health shared “unofficial preliminary data” on social media Friday that shows the state has seen “approximately 4,700” new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Although we no longer officially report #COVID-19 holiday and weekend data, a snapshot of today’s unofficial preliminary data shows around 4,700 new cases,” read the Tweeter.

Friday’s “unofficial” report is one of the highest single-day case counts in the state.

“Omicron is here, and it’s on the move,” read one of their tweets.

They urged everyone in Utah to get their shots or their booster shots if they haven’t already, adding that “it’s critical to do so now.”

Health officials have also said to get tested immediately if you start showing symptoms.

“If you test positive, stay home and away from others,” read another of their tweet.

They concluded their Twitter thread by encouraging everyone to wear a mask if they attend a rally this holiday weekend.


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  • Get vaccinated and receive a booster dose if it has been more than six months (Pfizer/Moderna) since your second dose or two months (J&J) since your first
  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
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  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
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