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Health department reports 1,068 new coronavirus cases, 5 deaths Sunday in Utah

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Sep. 27, 2020 at 1:13 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 27, 2020 at 12:46 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health Sunday is reporting an additional 1,068 test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah and five new deaths from the disease.

That brings the state to a total of 70,615 confirmed cases and 453 deaths since the pandemic began. This is the fourth consecutive day the state has reported more than 1,000 new cases.

In an email, health department spokesperson Charla Haley said the five new deaths include:

  • A Salt Lake County man between ages 25 and 44 who was hospitalized
  • A Salt Lake County man between ages 45 and 64 who was hospitalized
  • Two Utah County men between ages 65 and 84 who were hospitalized
  • A Utah County woman over age 85 who was the resident of a long-term care facility

It is uncommon to lose Utahns under age 45 to the virus; according to health department data, only 17 Utahns in the 25-44 range have died of COVID-19 so far. The average age of Utahns who die because of the virus is just over 73 years old.

In addition to the three deaths reported there, Utah County accounts for 396 of Sunday's new cases while Salt Lake County had 427 cases.

Over the past week, the health department is reporting an average of 974 new cases per day and a positive test rate of 13.9%. Currently, 180 Utahns are hospitalized with the new coronavirus, including 76 in intensive care. That's down from 187 Utahns hospitalized the day before.

The health department said the state has tested 6,170 additional Utahns over Saturday's figures, down about 3,700 from the number of tests reported on Saturday.

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.

Graham Dudley

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