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Saturday brings 506 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Aug. 1, 2020 at 12:59 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 1, 2020 at 12:43 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — On the first day of August, the Utah Department of Health is reporting 506 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths from the disease in the state.

That brings Utah's totals to 40,702 confirmed cases and 310 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began.

The seven-day average of new cases in Utah is at 431; Gov. Gary Herbert set a goal weeks ago to get that number below 500 by today and the state was able to achieve it, though testing numbers have lowered recently and the average positive test percentage is not down as much.

The health department is reporting that 4,350 new Utahns were tested for the coronavirus, and the seven-day average of positive tests is now 9.9%. Currently, 210 Utahns are hospitalized for the disease.

The department estimates that 28,747 Utahns have recovered from COVID-19.

In an email, health department spokesman Tom Hudachko provided more details about the six deceased Utahns. They include:

  • A Salt Lake County woman over age 85 who was a long-term care facility resident
  • A Salt Lake County man between ages 65 and 85 who was also a long-term care facility resident
  • A Salt Lake County man over age 85 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
  • A Utah County man between ages 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
  • A Utah County man between ages 65 and 84 who was a long-term care facility resident
  • And a San Juan County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of her death.

Of the 506 new cases reported Saturday, 201 are from Salt Lake County and 120 are from Utah County.

METHODOLOGY:

Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after they are confirmed, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.

The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since Utah's outbreak began, including those who are currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.

Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.

Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days prior to when they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be from even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.

The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths per the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.

Data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district's website.

Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the "Data Notes" section at the bottom of the page.

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