SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah has increased by 906, with two new deaths reported, the state health department reported Wednesday.
One of the new deaths was a man in Washington County who was over 85 and at the time of his death in a long-term care facility. The other was a Davis County man between the ages of 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 point to a 1.3% increase in cumulative positive cases since Tuesday. The seven-day moving average of new positive cases per day is now at 1,017, according to the health department. Continuing a series of the highest seven-day averages reported by the health department since the start of the pandemic.
The latest increase began on 9 September, when it had dropped to an average of 381
The state health department reported 8,106 new tests conducted. Of the 829,970 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 8.8% have tested positive for COVID-19. The seven-day average positive test rate is 13.6% through September 24, which is a slight decrease from the current high of 14.15% as of September 18.
The state also reported 203 ongoing hospitalizations due to COVID-19, which is the first time hospitalizations have surpassed 200 in Utah since August 6. Of these, 75 people were in intensive care units. The state’s total ICU employment rate – due to both coronavirus-related and non-coronavirus-related reasons – was 66.5 percent Wednesday, according to the health department.
There are now 73,042 total confirmed cases, with 3,847 total hospitalizations and 459 total disease deaths since the state reported its first case on March 6.
There are also 55,141 people who are determined to have recovered from COVID-19, which represents 75.5% of the cumulative total to date.
There is no COVID-19 press conference scheduled for Wednesday. Utah officials typically provide news conference updates once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately upon confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported for 24-72 hours.
The total number of cases reported each day by the Utah Department of Health includes all cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak in Utah, including those who are 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 has not died.
State-reported deaths typically occurred two to seven days before they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may have occurred even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The Department of Health reports both confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 cases according to the case definition outlined by the State Council and territorial epidemiologists. Death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.
The data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit the local health district website.
The information comes from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on 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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