Officials announced the first COVID-19 death in Summit County on Thursday.
Summit County announced the man, over the age of 65 passed away on Thursday, July 2, after being hospitalized due to COVID-19.
“This is a tragic loss of life and we wish to extend our condolences to the family,” Summit County Council Chair, Doug Clyde, said. “The passing of a member of our community is a sobering reminder of the seriousness of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It illustrates the need for all of us to do our part and double down on efforts to sanitize regularly, wear masks and social distance."
The man was the 176th coronavirus related death in Utah.
As of July 2, 498 cases of the disease had been confirmed in Summit County. Of the nearly 500 cases, around 450 have recovered with an approximate 50 cases remaining active.
The Utah Department of Health recommends taking preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, including regular hand washing, wearing a mask while in public and self-isolating at home while sick. Last week Summit County issued a public health order that requires face covering be worn at indoor and outdoor community gatherings and indoors in public places.