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The percentage of positive results from the COVID-19 test in Utah rose sharply on Tuesday, reaching its highest level so far ̵
According to the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) in the state, the percentage of positive tests is over 5% since May 25. The previous peak was 10.57 percent on July 19.
With 562 new coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday, the percentage of new diagnoses in Utah remained above the governor’s target of less than 400 cases a day.
Over the past seven days, Utah has averaged 521 new positive test results per day, UDOH said. Gov. Gary Herbert had said he wanted the state to reach less than 400 new cases a day by Sept. 1, a goal Utah achieved in mid-August but surpassed again this month.
The virus continued to spread rapidly in Utah County, which registered 198 new cases on Tuesday – most of all counties in the state. For the past seven days, Utah County has averaged 32 new cases per day per 100,000 people, compared to an average of 16 nationwide and 16 in Salt Lake County.
The rise is centered around Provo, home of Brigham Young University. Provo has an average of over 70 new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants; state health officials said young adults in college make up the majority of the county’s latest new cases. According to County, Mapleton and Mapleton also reported sharp increases in the last week. Utah County is at the “yellow” or low limit; Provo is under the order of a mask.
New cases have also risen sharply in the Bear River health district in northern Utah, which includes Utah State University. The school has reported 143 new cases since the beginning of the autumn term, 21 of them yesterday. Its seven-day average for new cases has more than doubled in less than two weeks, from six a day per 100,000 residents on September 2 to Tuesday’s 14.
Utah’s deaths from coronavirus were 436 on Tuesday and Monday.
At the same time, 128 patients from Utah were hospitalized, UDOH reported. An average of 124 patients were treated in hospitals in Utah every day for the past week – well below the peak average of 211 patients hospitalized each day in late July.
A total of 3,361 patients were hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, up from Monday.
On Tuesday, 3,930 new test results were reported, below the weekly average of 4,324 new tests per day. Demand for tests remains well below mid-July, when the state reports an average of more than 7,000 new test results a day.
Since the opening of public schools on August 13, there have been 47 outbreaks in schools, affecting 245 patients, with two new outbreaks and 30 new cases reported in the past day.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 290 patients infected in 58 outbreaks at school, with an average age of 16 years. Nine of these patients were hospitalized; no one died.
Of the 59,000 jutes that tested positive for COVID-19, 49,327 were considered “recovered” – that is, they survived for at least three weeks after being diagnosed.