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Utah broke another one-day record in COVID-19 cases, with 4,588 positive tests on Friday ̵
For the past week, the state has received an average of 3331 new positive test results per day, the Utah Department of Health said. Last week, 23.6% of those tested received a positive test result.
The 17 people killed were identified as:
• A man from Davis County over the age of 85.
• Six Salt Lake County residents: Four men – one between 45 and 64, two between 65 and 84 and one older than 85 – and two women, one between 25 and 44 and the other between 65 and 84.
• A man from San Juan County over the age of 85.
• Six Utah residents: Five men – two between 45 and 64, two between 65 and 84, one older than 85 – and a woman,, between 65 and 84.
• Two Washington County residents: A man over the age of 85 and a woman between the ages of 45 and 64.
• A man from Weber County over the age of 85.
The number of hospitalized patients is high, but remains stable on Friday, with 533 people admitted at the same time, UDOH reported.
In the last two weeks, there have been 1,288 jutes reported to have been hospitalized for COVID-19. A total of 7,350 patients were hospitalized nationwide for COVID-19, up 135 from Thursday.
As of Friday, Utah’s intensive care units are 89.3 percent occupied, a figure that means hospital staff mean that intensive care units are full.
The number of cases on Friday is the largest one-day sum in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. UDOH registered more than 5,000 cases last Saturday, but the actual number of cases that day was about 4,000, due to a technical problem in recording the department’s data the day before.
Six of the state’s local health districts set one-day records: Wasac County in 1808; San Juan County, with 970; Davis County, with 500; Tooele County, with 105; The Southeast Utah Health Region (which includes Carbon, Emery, and Grand counties), by 1097; and the Weber-Morgan health district, with 382.
Salt Lake County registered 1,585 new cases on Friday, and Utah County collected 1,105 in the previous 24 hours – which were not one-day records, but only due to an error in last week’s data.
This story is evolving and will be updated.