SALT LAKE CITY — Utah posted its second-highest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to state health department data released Sunday.
Utah Department of Health officials reported 1,393 new COVID-19 from Saturday's total. Of those, 1,372 cases were recorded Saturday. The state recorded 1,415 cases back on Sept. 24, which remains the most new cases reported in a single day.
Per data, 1,052 of the new cases came in Salt Lake and Utah counties alone. The 649 new cases reported in Salt Lake County is the highest single-day total reported by Utah's highest-populated county; the previous record was 578 set on Sept. 24.
In addition to new cases, the state reported two new deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday. They included a woman, aged 65 to 84, who was in a long-term care facility, and a man, aged 65 to 84, who was hospitalized at the time of his death, according to health officials. Both were Washington County residents.
In all, 8,214 new tests were reported. The new case numbers indicate a 1.8% increase in cumulative positive cases since Saturday. Of the 860,894 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9% have tested positive for COVID-19 since March.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 998, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 13.7%, as of Sept. 27.
The state reported 175 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19, according to the health department. That's one fewer than the previous day. Officials report that about 73% of all Utah intensive care unit beds are occupied for all COVID-19 and non-coronavirus-related reasons.
With Sunday's numbers, Utah now has had 77,618 total confirmed cases, with 3,980 total hospitalizations and 478 total deaths from the disease dating back to March. The state estimates 57,392 total Utahns have recovered from COVID-19, which accounts for about 74% of all cases to date.
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.