SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health said on Saturday that there were 1,340 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the test in the state and that three more Utahs died of the disease from data reported on Friday.
The update brings Utah to a total of 93,297 confirmed coronavirus cases and 540 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
In an email, the health department said the three dead jutes were:
- A man from Davis County over the age of 85 who was not hospitalized at the time of death
- A Salt Lake County woman over the age of 85 who was a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Carbon County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of death
Carbon County is part of the health region of Southeastern Utah, which according to the state census has lost only three Utahs from COVID-1
Carbon County is in a “moderate” transmission level under new guidelines issued Tuesday by Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah health officials. Utah’s most populous counties, Salt Lake and Utah, are also at the “high” transmission level and are responsible for 582 and 294 of Saturday’s new cases, respectively.
Both have a much higher rate of new cases per 100,000. The 14-day incidence rate in Salt Lake County per 100,000 is 630.5, and in Utah County it is even higher at 709.6.
It is currently reported that 298 jutes have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, which is another record high daily number. The number of hospitalizations in the state is higher than ever in recent days, which hampers the capacity of some urban care centers.
It is reported that 98 of the hospitalized Utah are in intensive care. It is currently estimated that the state uses 75% of its beds in the intensive care unit.
The state averaged 1,222 new cases of COVID-19 per day and a positive test percentage of 14 in the past week. The health department announced another 9,142 results from the Utah test on Saturday; It is currently estimated that 69,110 June have recovered from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive test results for COVID-19 are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the Utah outbreak, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and did not die.
State-reported deaths typically occurred two to seven days before they were reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The health department reported both confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 in accordance with the definition of the case outlined by the Council of State and territorial epidemiologists. The number of deaths is subject to change as the investigation of the case is completed.
The data included in this story mainly reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit the local health district website.
More information about health guidelines in Utah is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information about how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the Data Notes section at the bottom of the page.
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