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296 more COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Utah Tuesday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Sep. 1, 2020 at 1:20 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 296 from Monday, with two more deaths reported, ending the state's three-day streak without deaths from the disease, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The state now estimates there are 7,656 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 374, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 9%.

The new numbers indicate a 0.6% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 664,521 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 7.9% have tested positive for the disease. The number of tests conducted has increased by 4,666 as of Tuesday, the health department reported.

There are currently 126 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, according to the health department. Of those, 44 are occupying beds in intensive care units, or ICUs, across the state. About 57% of all ICU beds in the state of Utah are occupied as of Tuesday, while about 48% of non-ICU beds are filled, state data shows.

One of the deaths reported Tuesday was a Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when he died, according to the health department. The second death was a Utah County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died.

Tuesday's totals give Utah 52,403 total confirmed cases, with 3,110 total hospitalizations and 409 total deaths from the disease. A total of 44,338 COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered in Utah, according to the health department.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference expected Tuesday. Utah officials typically provide updates at news conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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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