Public schools in Utah began welcoming students Aug. 13, and since then, health officials have been looking out for coronavirus outbreaks.
Since the new school year began, Utah’s Department of Health has reported seven such outbreaks, which have infected 55 people. There have been six hospitalizations, but no deaths. In the past week, the state has reported five of those outbreaks, in which 27 people tested positive.
The state defines an outbreak as “two or more cases associated with a setting outside of the household within 14 days.” The Department of Health also lists outbreak data for workplaces, hospitals, group living facilities, child care facilities and detention facilities. Workplace outbreaks are by far the most common, with 671 total outbreaks during the pandemic, with 4,605 people testing positive and 14 dying. New data from Salt Lake County shows that workers in food manufacturing and call centers were among the most likely to be in an outbreak.
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