SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health is reporting 546 new cases of COVID-19 — 107 more than the previous single-day high mark — and one death from the disease Saturday.
The numbers come just one day after Utah reported more than 400 new cases, what was also then a new daily high by nearly a hundred cases, amid a recent spike that led state leaders to slow down a proposed downgrade in risk levels and keep most of Utah at the yellow, low-risk phase.
Salt Lake City and two San Juan County cities, Bluff and Mexican Hat, are still at moderate risk, according to state guidelines.
The deaths bring Utah's total to 121 since the coronavirus pandemic began. In an email, health department spokesman Tom Hudachko said the death was a Weber County man over age 85 who was living in a long-term care facility.
About 6,939 Utahns are estimated to have recovered from COVID-19; the health department considers patients recovered if they were diagnosed more than three weeks ago and did not die of the disease.
In total, 11,798 Utahns have now tested positive for COVID-19. That represents a 5% positive rate of the 235,149 people tested for the disease; 2,952 test results have been reported since yesterday.
There are 116 Utahns currently hospitalized for COVID-19, Hudachko said. The total number of Utahns hospitalized for the coronavirus — 890 — has increased by 20 since yesterday. In total, the health department says 8.1% of Utahns who've tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization for it.
Many of Friday's new cases were related to a single outbreak at a meat processing facility in the Bear River Health District, health officials said. That appears to be the case again Saturday, as 216 of the new cases are from the Bear River district, which covers Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties.
Hispanics and Latinos, at less than 15% of the state's population, now represent more than 40% of Utah's positive COVID-19 cases.