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“We all have a responsibility to do our individual part to help reverse the trend of our current peak in cases. Our hospitals need our cooperation and our high-risk populations need our cooperation, “said Dr. Angela Dunn, State epidemiologist.
“I know we can reverse this trend, and we can do it by practicing physical distance, wearing masks, staying at home and away from others when we are sick, and washing our hands regularly,” said she added, repeating the advice of officials. urging for weeks.
The influx of new cases is not isolated in any area. On Friday, Salt Lake, Utah and Davis counties and the Central Utah health department all posted their largest day-to-day increases; Tooele County and southeast Utah and Weber-Morgan health departments all released their seven-day highs for new daily cases on Friday.
Meanwhile, Summit and San Juan counties and the Bear River health department have each posted their highest seven-day averages since the outbreaks earlier in the pandemic had apparently disappeared.
Over the past week, the counties of San Juan, Millard, Salt Lake, Weber and Washington have each recorded an average of more than 20 new cases per day per 100,000 population.
Millard County is one of 10 counties that Herbert moved to a “green” or “new normal” risk rating on June 20. Since then, the number of confirmed cases in the county has increased by more than 800%. The county of 13,000 people had more than 80 cases on Thursday.
Hospitalizations increased sharply on Friday, with 48 new admissions reported. As of Friday, 187 patients were in Utah hospitals, up 10 from Thursday.
The Utah Department of Health has reported two new deaths, bringing the state total to 207. These are:
• A Washington County man, aged 65 to 84, died in hospital.
• A woman from Salt Lake County, over 85 years old, who lived in a long-term care facility.
Large racial disparities persist. Although they make up about 14% of the population of Utah, Hispanics made up 40% of hospitalizations – the same proportion as whites, who make up 78% of the population.
The patients are slightly younger, with 15 to 24 year olds accounting for around 24% of new cases this week – a proportion now greater than that of 45 to 64 year olds.
Since the start of the pandemic, patients between the ages of 25 and 44 account for the largest share of new cases – around 40%. However, patients aged 45 to 64 still account for the largest share of hospitalizations of all age groups, at around 35%.
Of the 28,223 Utahns who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 16,261 are considered “cured” – that is, they survived for at least three weeks after being diagnosed.