Do you think you had COVID-19 before February? New study says you probably didn’t

Undated photo illustration of the COVID-19 coronavirus. | Photo by Fusion Medical Animation/Unsplash, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — A preliminary report on an antibody study of Utahns shows that COVID-19 was probably introduced to Utah in February and very few Utahns have been exposed to the virus.

Medical worker examines COVID-19 tests in an undisclosed location on an unspecified date. | Photo Courtesy Northwell Health, St. George News

Both findings suggest Utahns need to remain cautious according to Fox13now.com.

“I would have argued and argued and argued with an individual that a lot more people in Utah would have been exposed and I was completely wrong and I’ll be the first one to admit that,” said Dr. Josh Redd a Chiropractic Physician with Red River Health and Wellness.

A St. George News story in January reported on the outbreak of a different respiratory virus in Southern Utah called respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Among the report’s findings:

– “Of 724 individuals who suspected they had Covid-19 symptoms between October 2019 and January 2020, none tested positive…”

– “Of 1,253 asymptomatic individuals who reported no previous symptoms of Covid-19, 5 (.40%) tested positive for Sars-Cov-2 IgG.”

– “The earliest positive case we identified was an individual who presented with clinical symptoms of Covid-19 on February 15, 2020 in Logan, Utah.”

Read the full story here:  Fox13Now.com

Written by MAX ROTH, Fox13Now.com.

COVID-19 information resources

Southern Utah coronavirus count (as of June 6, 2020, one-day increase in parentheses)

Positive COVID-19 tests: 584 (30 new in one day)

  • Washington County: 455 (20 new)
  • Iron County: 122 (10 new)
  • Garfield County: 4 
  • Kane County: 3
  • Beaver County: 0

Deaths: 4 

  • Washington County: 3 
  • Iron County: 1

Hospitalized: 17 (0 new) 

Tested: 13,337  (0 new tests)

Recovered: 365 (14 new)

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