Salt Lake County’s senior centers are slated to reopen as Utah reports 424 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths

Salt Lake County officials on Tuesday announced plans to reopen the county senior centers starting April 19. However, the services that were set up after the centers closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago will continue to be offered.



A person sitting in a car: Seher Saeed receives a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Bailey Weems, a Salt Lake Department of Health nurse trainee, during a vaccination event at the Khadeeja Islamic Center and West Valley Mosque County city on Friday, March 26, 2021.


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Seher Saeed receives a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Bailey Weems, a Salt Lake County Health Department nurse trainee, during a vaccination event at the Khadeeja Islamic Center and Mosque in West Valley City on Friday, April 26th. March. 2021.

“We look forward to seeing our customers back at the centers, but we plan to continue services such as the Virtual Senior Center and drive-thru meals,” said Paul Leggett, Salt Lake County director of Aging and Adult Education .

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In addition to the virtual classes and social activities offered online and lunches that can be picked up, the centers’ staff have been on the phone weekly to review customers. Senior centers have been used for coronavirus vaccination clinics.

New health and safety protocols in senior centers include improved cleaning practices and reservations for lunch, activities and indoor use. Masks and social distancing are also mandatory in the reopened centers.

“It has been a long year waiting for the centers to reopen. Once we’re open, we plan to stay open, ”Leggett said.

You can find more information about the offers in the district’s senior citizen center at slco.org/aging.

On Tuesday, the Utah Department of Health reported 371 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths from the virus. That brings the total number of virus cases in Utah to 385,127, and the state’s death toll has reached 2,118.

In Utah, 1,331,862 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered, a daily increase of 24,329.

The seven-day rolling average for testing positive for the virus is 424 per day. Another 5,113 Utahns have been tested and 14,696 tests have been completed since Monday. The seven-day rolling average for percent positivity is 3.4% if all test results are included and 6.7% if multiple tests on a person are excluded in the past 90 days.

In Utah, 134 people have been hospitalized with the virus and the total number of hospitalizations in the state has reached 15,503.

The four deaths reported on Tuesday, including one before March 1, are:

• A Utah County man aged 65 to 84 was hospitalized.

• A Salt Lake County woman, aged between 24 and 44, hospitalized

• An Iron County woman between the ages of 45 and 64, resident in a long-term care facility,

• A Uintah County man older than 85 years old not hospitalized.

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