CITY OF SALT LAKE – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah has increased by 346 since Wednesday, with three more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The health department now estimates that there are 8,044 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day number of positive cases per day is now 381, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for this time period is 9.1%.
The new figures show a 0.6% increase in positive cases from Wednesday. Of the 703,766 people tested so far for COVID-19 in Utah, 8% tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, there is an increase in 5,225 tests performed.
Currently, 118 patients with COVID-1
All three deaths reported on Thursday were residents of long-term care facilities. One was a Davis County man who was over 85 years old, the second was a Salt Lake County woman who was over 85 years old, and the third was a Utah County woman who was between 45 and 64 years old, according to health department.
The total data for Thursday gave a total of 56,019 confirmed cases with a total of 3,273 hospitalizations and a total of 430 deaths from the disease. Approximately 47,545 cases of COVID-19 in Utah are now considered recovered.
Also Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other government officials provided an update on COVID-19 at a news conference.
The event started at 11:45 a.m. and airs below.
Utah Governor Spencer J. is also expected to speak at the event. Cox, Senate President J. Stuart Adams, House President Brad Wilson and Utah State Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn.
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.
Deaths reported by the state usually 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.
This story will be updated.
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