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Utah sees 86 new cases of COVID-19, 4 more deaths

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - May 27, 2020 at 1:34 p.m. | Posted - May 27, 2020 at 12:46 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Four more people have died from COVID-19 in Utah, and Hispanics and Latinos have now experienced more cases of the disease than any other ethnic group in the state, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 86 from Tuesday, the health department reports.

Wednesday’s totals give Utah 8,706 total confirmed cases, with 716 total hospitalizations and 105 total deaths from the disease. Previously, there were 8,620 cases in the state.

4 more deaths

Two of the people who died were women from Weber County who were residents of long-term care facilities, the health department said. One was over the age of 85 and the other was between the age of 60 and 85.

Another person who died was a man from Utah County who was between the age of 60 and 85 and was hospitalized when he died. The fourth death was a woman from Salt Lake County who was between the age of 18 and 60 and was hospitalized when she died, the health department reported.

The new numbers indicate a 1% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 200,626 total tests conducted in Utah so far, 4.3% were positive for COVID-19.

The total number of cases reported by the health department includes all cases of COVID-19 since Utah’s outbreak began, including those who are infected now, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.

The state saw 20 more hospitalizations since Tuesday, and there are currently 96 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, according to the health department.

There are now 3,102 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah, and 5,499 people have recovered from the disease, the health department estimates. Anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died is considered to be recovered from the disease.

Hispanics and Latinos account for most COVID-19 cases of any Utah group

Hispanics and Latinos now account for more confirmed COVID-19 cases than any other ethnic group in Utah, according to health department data.

A total of 3,363 cases have been among Hispanics and Latinos, which equates to 38.6% of all Utah cases. However, Hispanics and Latinos make up just 14.2% of the state's population, health department data indicates.

The group with the second-most cases is whites, with 3,350 of all cases in the state. That equates to about 38.5% of all Utah cases, but 78% of the state's population is white, according to the health department.

There is no COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Wednesday. Utah health officials are expected to provide an update at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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