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345 cases and 3 deaths reported by health department Saturday

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Aug. 15, 2020 at 1:15 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 15, 2020 at 12:56 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health Saturday is reporting 345 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and an additional three deaths from the disease.

That brings Utah to a total of 46,321 confirmed cases and 363 deaths since the pandemic began.

According to an email from health department spokesperson Charla Haley, the new deaths include:

  • A male Sanpete County resident over age 85 who was not hospitalized when he died
  • A male Salt Lake County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • And a female Salt Lake County resident between ages 25 and 44 who was hospitalized at the time of her death.

It is uncommon to lose Utahns under age 45 to the coronavirus; Saturday's death is only the 12th between ages 25 and 44 since the pandemic began. It is also unusual to lose a Utahn from the Central Utah Health District — by the state's count, it is only the third death from within the district and Sanpete County itself, according to the health district's website, had yet to lose a resident to the new coronavirus before now.

With the two new deaths, Salt Lake County now accounts for 58% of the state's overall mortality and 47% of its cases.

Saturday's number brings Utah more in line with where it had been lately, averaging 365 cases a day over the past week. Friday's number of cases spiked to 552, but many of those were from a lab reporting delay and were actually cases from early July.

The health department currently estimates that there are 8,613 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah and that 37,346 Utahns have recovered from the disease, though some patients experience symptoms for longer than the three weeks used to estimate recovery.

There have been 594,901 total Utahns tested for COVID-19 and 7.8% have returned a positive test; in the past week, 9.2% of tests have been positive. The health department is reporting the results of 5,084 Utahns' tests over Friday's numbers.

The department says 167 Utahns are currently hospitalized with the new coronavirus.

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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