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Health officials report 719 COVID-19 cases in Utah

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Mar. 29, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 29, 2020 at 12:32 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health released the latest figures for COVID-19 infections in Utah on Sunday, revealing 719 positive tests.

That figure includes 705 Utah residents and 14 visitors to the state; it's a jump of 117 positive tests over Saturday's numbers.

Community leader Bob Garff became the third Utahn to die from the virus on Sunday, according to his daughter Rep. Melissa Garff Ballard. The state has not updated its official count.

Utah has now seen COVID-19 infections long enough for some patients to have recovered, like Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz. Still, the vast majority of positive tests have occurred recently; one week ago, there were 181 positives in the state.

At least 13,993 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, representing about a 5% rate of positive tests.

Last week, health department officials said about 10% of Utah's COVID-19 cases require hospitalization, and half of those hospitalized require intensive care.

Salt Lake County and Summit County continue to pace the state with 324 and 159 cases, respectively. Davis County has 69 cases, Utah County has 51, Wasatch County has 40 and the Weber-Morgan health district has 37 cases.

The Central Utah health district, which serves Juab, Millard, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute and Wayne counties, is now the only district in Utah that has not reported a positive case.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recommended on Friday that all Utahns stay home as much as possible for the time being, and the federal government rushed to deliver assistance to individuals and businesses impacted by virus disruptions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 122,653 COVID-19 cases across the United States and 2,112 coronavirus-related deaths. New York state is reporting by far the most COVID-19 cases in America with 38,977, the CDC says.

We're working on gathering more information and will be updating this story throughout the day.

Graham Dudley

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