2,956 more COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths reported Saturday in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah rose by 2,956 on Saturday, barely equaling Friday’s record total, with nine more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.Utah crossed the 2,000 case threshold for the first time on Oct. 30 and is approaching 3,000 cases per day, after breaking its one-day high in two of the past three days.

The sliding average number of positive cases per day over seven days is now 2,213, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for this period is now 19.9%

There are currently 410 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah. Of those, 175 are in intensive care unit beds, according to state data. About 76.6% of Utah’s ICU beds are occupied on Saturday, while about 55.2% of non-ICU beds are occupied, according to the Department of Health.

Saturday’s totals give Utah 130,235 total confirmed cases, with 6,020 total hospitalizations and 658 total deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic.

This week:

  • Friday: 2,987 more COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths reported Friday as Utah breaks records again
  • Thursday: ‘It’s disheartening’: Herbert provides update on COVID-19 as state reports record 2,807 new cases
  • Wednesday: 2,110 more COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported Wednesday in Utah
  • Tuesday: 1,669 more COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported Tuesday in Utah
  • Monday: 1,196 more COVID-19 cases, no deaths reported Monday in Utah
  • Sunday: 1,854 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths reported Sunday in Utah

Methodology:

Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.

The total number of cases reported each day by the Utah Department of Health includes all COVID-19 cases since the start of the Utah epidemic, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from illness and those who died.

Cured cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three weeks or more ago and has not died.

The deaths reported by the state have typically occurred two to seven days before they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths can be even more distant, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.

The health department is reporting deaths from confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases according to the case definition set by the State Council and territorial epidemiologists. The number of deaths is 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 your local health district website.

More information on Utah’s health counseling levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

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 to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.

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