CITY OF SALT LAKE – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah has increased by 906, with two new deaths reported, the state health department said Wednesday.
One of the new deaths was a man from Washington County who was over the age of 85 and was in a long-term care center at the time of his death. The other is a man in Davis County, aged between 65 and 84, who was also a resident of a long-term care facility at the time of his death, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The new case numbers show a 1.3% increase in cumulative positive cases from Tuesday. The moving seven-day average of the new positive cases per day is now 1,017, according to the health department. It continues with the highest seven-day averages reported by the health department since the beginning of the pandemic.
The last increase began on September 9, when at that time it dropped to an average of 381
The State Department of Health announced 8,106 new tests were performed. Of the 829,970 people tested so far for COVID-19 in Utah, 8.8% tested positive for COVID-19. The positive seven-day test rate is 13.6% by September 24, a slight decrease from the current maximum of 14.15% by September 18.
The state also reported 203 ongoing hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the first time hospitalizations have exceeded 200 in Utah since Aug. 6. Of these, 75 people were in intensive care units. The overall employment rate of the state intensive care unit – both for coronavirus-related and non-coronavirus-related cases – was 66.5% on Wednesday, according to the health department
There are currently 73,042 confirmed cases, with a total of 3,847 hospitalizations and a total of 459 deaths from the disease since the state announced its first case on March 6.
There are also 55,141 people who have been determined to have recovered from COVID-19, which represents 75.5% of the cumulative amount so far.
No press conference for COVID-19 is scheduled for Wednesday. Utah officials typically provide updates at press conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
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 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.
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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