1,068 more COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Utah on Saturday

Corner Canyon sophomore Megan Anselmo and her father Matt Anselmo get tested for COVID-19 outside of Corner Canyon High School in Draper on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The Salt Lake County Health Department will be offering COVID-19 testing at Corner Canyon High School again on Monday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(Kristin Murphy, KSL file)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 1,068 on Saturday, with two more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 18,998 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 951, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 13.9%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.4% increase in positive cases since Friday. Of the 852,680 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 8.9% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported an increase of 7,097 tests conducted as of Saturday.

The health department reports 176 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, down from 190 hospitalizations on Friday. Among the patients hospitalized Saturday, 65 are occupying intensive care unit beds in Utah. About 70% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied as of Saturday, while about 52% of non-ICU beds are filled, state data shows.

Both deaths reported Saturday were male residents of long-term care facilities, according to the health department. One was a Wasatch County resident who was between the ages of 65 and 84, and the other was a Juab County resident who was over the age of 85.

Saturday's totals give Utah 76,225 total confirmed cases, with 3,956 total hospitalizations and 476 total deaths from the disease. A total of 56,751 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.


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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