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877 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in Utah Wednesday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Sep. 23, 2020 at 1:08 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 23, 2020 at 12:55 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 877 from Tuesday, with one death reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 13,120 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 876, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 14.2%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.3% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 775,858 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 8.5% have tested positive for the disease. There was an increase of 6,899 tests conducted as of Wednesday, the health department reports.

A total of 171 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, up from 161 on Tuesday. Among those, 65 people are in intensive care unit, or ICU, beds across the state. About 68% of all ICU beds in the state of Utah are occupied as of Wednesday, while about 51% of non-ICU beds are occupied, state data shows.

The death reported Wednesday was a Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when she died, according to the health department.

Wednesday's totals give Utah 65,921 total confirmed cases, with 3,584 total hospitalizations and 444 total deaths from the disease. A total of 52,357 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, state data shows.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Wednesday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other state officials provided an update at a news conference Tuesday.

Herbert is also expected to speak at PBS Utah's monthly news conference with the governor 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.

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