SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah has increased by 562 since Monday, with no new deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The department now estimates that there are 9,237 active cases of the disease in Utah. The moving seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now 522, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for this time period is 10.6%.
This is the first time that the moving average is over 500 cases per day since the end of July. Gov. Gary Herbert had set a goal to see that statistic below 500 by Aug. 1, and the state met that goal. He set another goal to see the moving average fall below 400 cases a day by September 1
However, Utah has retreated since then and experienced a new jump in cases in recent weeks, shifting the moving average back above Herbert’s criteria.
The new figures show a 1% increase in positive cases from Monday. Of the 725,612 people tested so far for COVID-19 in Utah, 8.1% tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported an increase of 3,930 tests conducted on Tuesday.
There are currently 128 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, including 50 in the intensive care unit or intensive care units, beds nationwide, according to the health department. About 66% of the intensive care beds in the state are occupied, while about 48% of the beds outside the intensive care unit are full, state data show.
Aggregate data from Tuesday gave Utah a total of 59,000 confirmed cases, with a total of 3,361 hospitalizations and a total of 436 deaths from the disease. Approximately 49,327 cases of COVID-19 in Utah are considered recovered, state data show.
No press conference for COVID-19 is scheduled for Tuesday. Utah officials typically provide updates at press conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Correction:This story initially says that Tuesday had a new death. It has been updated and corrected so that no deaths are reported.
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 recovered. 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 in the case of COVID-19 according to 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.
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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