SALT LAKE CITY – 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 Department of Health now estimates there are 8,044 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The mean continuous number of positive cases over seven days per day is now 381, according to the Department of Health. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 9.1%.
The new numbers point to a 0.6% increase in positive cases since Wednesday. Of the 703,766 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 8% have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, an increase of 5,225 tests conducted was reported.
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All three deaths reported Thursday were in long-term care facilities. One was a Davis County man who was over 85, the second was a Salt Lake County woman who was over 85, and the third was a Utah County woman who was 45 years old. and 64, according to the health department.
Thursday’s totals give a total of 56,019 confirmed cases in Utah, with 3,273 total hospitalizations and 430 total disease deaths. An estimated 47,545 cases of COVID-19 in Utah are now considered cured.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert, along with Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox, Senate President J. Stuart Adams, House Speaker Brad Wilson, and Utah Department of Health State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn, provided a COVID-19 update at a press conference Thursday morning.
Watch the replay of the event below.
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 were 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 health department reports both confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 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.
This story will be updated.
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