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With 827 new coronavirus cases reported on Monday, the rate of new diagnoses in Utah continued to rise, surpassing 1
Over the past week, the Utah Department of Health has averaged 1,001 new positive test results per day, continuing a string of new record highs that began earlier this month as cases increase among young adults.
The virus continued to spread rapidly in Utah County, which recorded 356 new cases on Monday, the majority from any county in the state. Over the past seven days, Utah County has recorded an average of 67 new cases per day for every 100,000 people, more than double the state average of 31.
Brigham Young University, which has suffered the worst campus outbreak since the start of the fall semester, reported 1,328 cases through Saturday, versus 1,272 cases through Friday. Utah Valley University reported 233 cases through Friday, up from 198 the previous week.
Meanwhile, Salt Lake County counted 295 new cases on Monday, with a seven-day average of 32 new cases per 100,000 people per day.
The coronavirus death toll in Utah was 453 on Monday, like Sunday.
Admissions declined slightly, with 167 Utah patients admitted simultaneously, UDOH reported. On average, 177 patients received treatment in Utah hospitals every day for the past week, continuing a two-week increase but still below the average peak of 211 patients admitted every day at the end of July.
In total, 3,757 patients were hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, 28 from Sunday.
The percentage of tests with positive results was 14%, a rate that indicates that a large number of infected people are not being tested, state officials say.
Statewide, the positive test rate in Utah has been more than 5 percent since May 25, according to UDOH data.
6,212 new test results were reported on Monday, below the one-week average of 7,916 new tests per day.
On Monday, state health officials updated how they report school-related cases, showing totals by district and age.
There have been 1,955 cases linked to school outbreaks as of Monday, with 960 of those in the past two weeks, UDOH reported. At least 281 teachers have been infected with this term. Among students, cases were far more prevalent in high school, which had rates per student more than double that of middle school and at least triple that of elementary school.