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622 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in Utah Monday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Sep. 21, 2020 at 1:11 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 21, 2020 at 12:59 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 622 from Sunday, with one more death reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The state now estimates there are 12,293 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 847, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 13.6%.

The new numbers indicate a 1% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 762,051 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 8.5% have tested positive for the disease. The health department reports an increase of 3,886 tests conducted as of Monday.

There are currently 144 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, including 61 in intensive care unit, or ICU, beds across the state. Overall, about 68% of ICU beds in the state are occupied Monday, while about 47% of non-ICU beds are filled, state data shows.

The death reported Monday 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.

Monday's totals give Utah 64,394 total confirmed cases, with 3,520 total hospitalizations and 441 total deaths from the disease. A total of 51,660 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday. Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to provide an update at a PBS Utah news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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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