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Holiday update shows 676 new coronavirus cases in Utah

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Jul. 4, 2020 at 12:39 p.m. | Posted - Jul. 4, 2020 at 12:21 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 676 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, tying a record for the most reported cases in a single day.

That puts the state at 24,542 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic hit Utah, up from 23,866 cases the day before.

No new deaths were reported Saturday

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.

Utah has seen a total of 181 coronavirus-related deaths. The health department estimates that 13,807 Utahns have recovered from the disease; it considers as recovered anyone who was diagnosed more than three weeks ago and did not die.

Currently, the health department says 193 Utahns are hospitalized for COVID-19 and that the state is using 68.4% of its ICU bed capacity. Eighty-eight Utahns are in the ICU due to COVID-19.

The state's current rate of positive tests sits at 6.7%. Utah has conducted 366,716 total coronavirus tests and Saturday's report 10,080 new tests results. The seven-day average of positive tests dropped for the second consecutive day to 8.9%.

Just over half the state's total cases — 12,343 of them — have come from Salt Lake County, and 112 Salt Lake County residents have died. Utah County has reported 4,474 total cases.

Health department data also shows Salt Lake County is responsible for much of the state's recent spike in cases, which has been ongoing since Memorial Day weekend.

Many other American states are also experiencing spikes, especially in the South and West. Health officials urge caution as Utahns celebrate Independence Day.

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