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Frank Preston, Butterfield Canyon and Herriman Elementary School administrator, gets 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.

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988 more COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported in Utah Monday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Oct. 12, 2020 at 1:18 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 12, 2020 at 1:03 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 988 on Monday, with five more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Monday is the second day in October that Utah has seen less than 1,000 new cases in a 24-hour period, according to state data. The health department estimates there are now 22,349 active cases of the disease in Utah.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,145, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 13.9%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.2% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 922,931 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9.4% have tested positive for the disease. The health department reported an increase of 4,360 tests conducted as of Monday.

There are now 249 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, including 94 in intensive care units, state data shows. That is the second-highest number of current hospitalizations, down from 254 reported Sunday. About 64% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied as of Monday, while about 50% of non-ICU beds are filled.

The five deaths reported Monday include:

  • A Davis County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Garfield County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • Two Washington County men who were between the ages of 64 and 85 and were residents of long-term care facilities

Monday's totals give Utah 86,832 total confirmed cases, with 4,331 total hospitalizations and 522 total deaths from the disease. A total of 63,961 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.


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 For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit and scroll down to the "Data Notes" section at the bottom of the page.

Jacob Klopfenstein


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