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760 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths reported Saturday in Utah

Registered nurse Heather Kessel hands a COVID-19 test to her co-worker at Intermountain Healthcare's Salt Lake Clinic on Friday, July 10, 2020. Officials from Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, MountainStar Healthcare and Steward Health Care fear that if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, they will no longer be able to effectively manage all the patients.

(Laura Seitz, KSL, File)



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health Saturday is reporting 760 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and eight more deaths from the disease.

The health department now estimates there are a total of 12,669 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 617, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 10.2%.

A total of 185 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, with 91 in intensive care unit (ICU) beds across the state. About 70% of ICU beds at Utah hospitals are occupied as of Saturday, the health department reports. Just over 54% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied, according to state data.

That brings Utah's total number of cases to 33,332 since the pandemic began and 243 total deaths. 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 health department estimates that 20,421 Utahns have recovered from COVID-19; anyone who was diagnosed more than three weeks ago and hasn't died is considered recovered.

The department reported the test results of 8,434 new individuals in Saturday's data.

According to an email from health department spokesperson Charla Haley, the eight deceased Utahns reported Saturday hailed from San Juan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties. The San Juan death was a man older than 85 who had been living at a long-term care facility; two of the Salt Lake County deaths were also long-term care facility residents, a woman over 85 and a woman between the ages of 45 and 64. A third Salt Lake County resident was a man between ages 65 and 84.

Both deaths in Washington County were women who were long-term care facility residents, one older than 85 and the other older than 64. Finally, two Weber County residents died: One was a man between 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized at the time of his death, and the other was a man between 65 and 84 who was hospitalized.

Salt Lake County, which has experienced the state's highest raw numbers of cases during the coronavirus pandemic and has mandated masks in public spaces, saw 289 new cases Saturday. Utah County had 198 new cases.

The state is grappling with a continued upswing in cases that has prompted the White House Coronavirus Task Force to recommend certain areas — like Salt Lake and St. George — pause their reopenings and close bars and gyms again. The Utah Department of Health said the task force's reports are "just one of the many considerations" it takes into account when determining best practices for the state.

Correction: A previous version of this story said that the health department reported the results of 10,662 new individuals in Saturday's data; the number has been corrected to 8,434.

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