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1,105 more COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported in Utah Monday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Oct. 5, 2020 at 1:25 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 5, 2020 at 12:59 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 1,105 from Sunday, with four more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

It's the fifth day in a row Utah has seen over 1,000 new positive cases as the state continues to experience a COVID-19 spike.

The health department now estimates there are 20,276 active cases of the disease in Utah — the highest estimate so far and the first time that number has been over 20,000 since the pandemic began.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,027, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 13.6%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.4% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 866,180 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9.1% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported an increase of 5,286 tests conducted as of Monday.

There are currently 183 COVID-19 patients hospitalized with the disease in Utah, including 74 in intensive care unit, or ICU, beds in the state, according to the health department. About 73% of all ICU beds in the state are occupied, while about 50% of non-ICU beds are filled, state data shows.

The four deaths reported Monday were all people who were between the ages of 65 and 84. They were:

  • Two Utah County women who were between the ages of 65 and 84 and were hospitalized when they died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when he died

Monday's totals give Utah 78,723 total confirmed cases, with 4,019 total hospitalizations and 482 total deaths from the disease. A total of 57,965 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday. Utah officials typically provide updates at news conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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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