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Saturday brings 203 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths, health department says

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - May 23, 2020 at 1:32 p.m. | Posted - May 23, 2020 at 1:02 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health announced 203 new cases of COVID-19 statewide on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 8,260 since the pandemic began, and four deaths from the disease.

That total is up from 8,057 cases on Friday and represents the largest day-over-day increase yet recorded. More than half of Utah's total cases, 4,898 of them, are considered recovered, and 3,265 are considered active.

Ninety-seven Utahns have now died of COVID-19.

In an email, health department spokesperson Charla Haley said the new deaths include three female Salt Lake County residents and one male Utah County resident.

The man was between age 65 and 84; two of the women were within that range, and one was older than 85, Haley said. Two had been living at a long-term care facility. Just over 74% of all coronavirus-related deaths in Utah have been residents over age 65, health department data shows.

The state says 113 long-term care facilities in Utah have been impacted by COVID-19 in Utah, with a positive test among patients or workers. Six facilities have reported five or more cases; 13 facilities have active cases, according to the health department.

The state has tested 3,945 Utahns since yesterday, Haley said, and has now tested more than 190,000 Utahns for COVID-19 in total, for a positive test rate of 4.3%. An additional 16 Utahns were hospitalized with the disease overnight, and 108 cases are currently hospitalized.

Men have thus far been slightly more likely than women to contract COVID-19, at 52.6% of the state's cases. According to the health department, white Utahns account for 78% of the state's population but only 38.7% of its positive cases; Hispanic or Latino Utahns, at 14.2% of the population, have accounted for 38.2% of its coronavirus cases.

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