Laura Seitz, KSL, File

Utah sees 628 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths Sunday

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Sep. 13, 2020 at 1:09 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 13, 2020 at 12:55 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — A total of 628 new COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday with no new deaths, the Utah Department of Health reported.

The numbers bring the Beehive State to 57,875 total cases and 433 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 454 per day with the rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests at 9.3%, the health department reported.

A total of 4,644 more tests were completed, bringing the state's total to 716,873 total tests.

Saturday’s numbers are on par with a recent uptick in new cases that state health officials attribute to testing delays as several COVID-19 testing sites were closed Monday and Tuesday for Labor Day and an unprecedented windstorm.

The biggest single-day increase this week came Friday with 656 new cases reported. Saturday saw a slightly lower daily increase at 572.

Of the cases, 48,690 are considered recovered which means they were diagnosed more than 3 weeks ago and have not died from the disease.

There are currently 129 patients hospitalized in Utah with COVID-19 and have been a total of 3,326 hospitalized since the pandemic hit Utah.

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.

Lauren Bennett

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