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Another 1,017 coronavirus cases reported in Utah Saturday

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Sep. 26, 2020 at 1:03 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 26, 2020 at 12:45 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — After a record-setting Friday, the Utah Department of Health on Saturday reported an additional 1,017 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

No new deaths were reported Saturday.

Collectively, Saturday's count brings Utah to 69,547 total coronavirus cases and 448 deaths since the pandemic began.

The new case number comes as the health department reports that 9,862 new Utahns were tested for the coronavirus over Friday's numbers. Although new case counts have been higher than ever recently, the state is also conducting more tests.

But the rate of positive tests continues to be high. Over the past seven days, it averages 13.8%. Utah is averaging 951 new confirmed cases per day during that time.

Utah County, an area singled out by state officials as a driver of Utah's recent spike, accounts for 483 of Saturday's new cases. Salt Lake County had 380 new cases.

Utah County implemented a mask mandate earlier this week.

There are currently 187 Utahns hospitalized for the virus and 77 are in intensive care, the health department says. Nearly 72% of the state's intensive care unit beds are currently in use, and 54.3% of its non-ICU beds are in use.

Health officials estimate that 53,806 Utahns have so far recovered from a case of COVID-19; they say 15,293 of the cases are active right now.

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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