SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health said Saturday that 1,340 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state, and that three more Utah states have died from the disease on Friday.
The update resulted in 93,297 confirmed coronavirus cases and 540 deaths since the onset of the pandemic in Utah.
In an email, the Department of Health stated that three Utah states had died
- A man from Davis County, over 85, who was not hospitalized at the time of death
- A Salt Lake County woman over 85 who lived in a long-term care facility
- A Carbon County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
Carbon County is part of Utah̵7;s Southeastern Health District, which the state estimates has lost to COVID-19 in only three Utah states. However, the county is now reporting more than 275 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks. The county has only about 20,000 residents, but the Department of Health measures the number of cases per 100,000 to normalize the number of cases in the state.
Carbon County is in “moderate” transmission according to new instructions from Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah health officials. Utah’s largest counties, Salt Lake and Utah, are at a “high” transmission rate, accounting for 582 and 294 new Saturday cases, respectively.
In both cases, the number of new cases per 100,000 is also much higher. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 in Salt Lake County is 630.5, and Utah County is even higher at 709.6.
Currently, 298 Utah states are hospitalized for coronavirus, which is another record high daily number of reports. The number of hospitalizations in the state has been higher than ever before in recent days, straining the capacity of some city care centers.
Of the hospitalized states of Utah, 98 people are reportedly in intensive care. Currently, it is estimated that the state uses 75% of its intensive care beds.
Over the past week, the state has averaged 1,222 new cases of COVID-19 and a positive 14 percent. Now, an estimated 6,910 Utah states have recovered from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Test results now include PCR and antigen test data. Positive test results for COVID-19 are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported for 24-72 hours.
The total number of cases reported daily by the Utah Department of Health includes all COVID-19 cases since the outbreak in Utah, including those currently infected, those cured of the disease, and those who died. .
Excluded cases are defined as those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and did not die.
According to the state, the deaths usually occurred two to seven days before they were reported, according to the Department of Health. Some deaths can be even deeper, especially if a person from Utah but died in another state.
The Department of Health reports both confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19, as defined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The mortality calculation may change as the investigation is completed.
The data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit the local medical district website.
More information about health in Utah is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
Information came from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information about how the Utah Department of Health collects and transmits 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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