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460 more COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported in Utah Friday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Aug. 7, 2020 at 1:29 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 7, 2020 at 1:09 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 460 from Thursday, with five more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 10,669 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 441, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 9.5%.

Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced a new COVID-19 goal of seeing the rolling seven-day average drop below 400 cases by September 1. The state has seen a slight decrease in that statistic Friday after the rolling average was reported at 449 cases per day Thursday.

The new numbers indicate a 1.1% increase in positive cases since Wednesday. Of the 559,100 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 7.8% have tested positive for COVID-19.

There are currently 202 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, according to health department data. After three days of having under 200 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, the state is back above that benchmark. The state previously saw 12 straight days, from July 23 to August 3, with over 200 hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

Of the patients hospitalized Friday, 81 are occupying intensive care unit, or ICU, beds at Utah hospitals. About 66% of all ICU beds in the state of Utah are currently occupied, and about 57% of non-ICU beds are occupied, state data shows.

The five deaths reported Friday were:

  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Davis County woman who was Female, over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Davis County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility

Friday's totals give Utah 43,375 total confirmed cases, with 2,578 total hospitalizations and 335 total deaths from the disease. A total of 32,371 COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered.

There is no COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Friday. Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah officials provided an update Thursday at the health department's weekly news conference.

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.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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