Department of health: 2,667 new cases of coronavirus, 8 deaths in Utah on Sunday

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health reported 2,667 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday confirmed by testing in the state and eight new deaths from the disease.It says 484 Utahns are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 – 186 of those intensive care patients – and 10,485 new people have been tested compared to yesterday’s numbers.

Overall, that brings the state to 153,808 total confirmed cases, 718 deaths and 6,769 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. Of the total cases, 48,773 are considered active and 104,317 are considered cured.

In an email, the health department said the eight new deaths reported included:

  • Cache County woman over 85 living in long-term care facility
  • Garfield County man over 85 who was hospitalized when he died
  • Salt Lake County man over 85 who was hospitalized
  • Utah County man over 85 who was not hospitalized
  • Utah County man aged 65 to 84 who was hospitalized
  • Washington County man aged 45 to 64 who resided in long-term care facility
  • Washington County woman aged 65 to 84 who was hospitalized
  • Weber County man aged 65 to 84 who was hospitalized

Since last Sunday, the state has reported 59 coronavirus-related deaths.

Over the past week, Utah recorded an average of 2,985 new cases of COVID-19 per day and a positive test percentage of 24.3. A month ago, those figures were 1,204 cases and 13.9%; on September 15, they were 522 and 10.6%.

Saturday saw Utah’s highest daily case total to date, with more than 5,300 reported cases. About 1,300 of these cases dated back to Friday; however, 4,000 new cases would still be the most Utah has reported in a single day.

The surge in cases prompted Gov. Gary Herbert to issue a statewide mask warrant a week ago and urge the Utahns not to socialize with people outside of their homes or not to participate in extracurricular school activities, for the time being. Both of those provisions of the emergency order are expected to expire within a week, but the mask’s mandate “will be extended for the foreseeable future,” according to the state’s coronavirus response website.

Methodology:

The 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 reports deaths from confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 according to the case definition defined 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.

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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Graham Dudley

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