Dixie Regional Medical Center officials are worried after yesterday's increase of COVID-19 cases in southwest Utah.

Medical director, Dr. Patrick Carroll, says hospitalizations at the medical center have doubled since the weekend and COVID-19 cases in the region increased by 75-percent yesterday.

The state says the threshold for hospitals to deal with the pandemic properly needs to be at 53-percent or lower and as of yesterday, Dixie Regional's hospital beds were filled at more than 60-percent capacity, but not all with coronavirus patients.

Carroll emphasized that most of the people being treated for COVID-19 were infected by either a household member or someone else from southern Utah as it seems there is a community spread.

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