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376 new Utah coronavirus cases Sunday, health department says

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Aug. 9, 2020 at 1:27 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health is reporting 376 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state Sunday and one death from the disease.

The new confirmed cases figure exactly matches the number of new cases reported on Saturday.

Those numbers come as 4,258 more Utahns have been tested for the novel coronavirus over Saturday's numbers, and brings the state up to a total of 44,127 confirmed cases and 336 deaths since the pandemic began.

In an email, health department spokesperson Charla Haley said the deceased Utahn was a male Cache County resident between ages 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of his death.

The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Utah is 411. Gov. Gary Herbert challenged the state to get that number below 500 by Aug. 1, which it did, and has now called on Utahns to continue working for a rolling weekly average of fewer than 400 cases a day by Sept. 1.

The goal was set even as many Utah children prepare to return to physical classrooms in the next few weeks, which could introduce a new factor in coronavirus transmission though faculty members will be supplied with personal protective equipment and children do not generally display severe symptoms of COVID-19.

Utahns under the age of 25 have accounted for 30% of the state's total confirmed cases but only 8.2% of its hospitalizations.

Though the state's raw virus numbers are down, 9.1% of those tested over the past week have been positive and 7.7% have been positive overall. The state has conducted 689,272 total coronavirus tests on 570,613 different individuals, the health department says.

Currently, 196 Utahns are hospitalized for COVID-19 and 78 of those patients are in the intensive care unit. The state is using 63.9% of its ICU beds, including those occupied by non-coronavirus patients, overall.

The health department estimates that 33,914 Utahns have recovered from the virus so far.

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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