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Health department: 1,097 cases and 3 deaths reported in Utah Sunday

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Oct. 18, 2020 at 1:05 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 18, 2020 at 12:49 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — In its daily update on Utah coronavirus statistics, the state health department is reporting another 1,097 test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths from the disease Sunday.

The update brings Utah to 94,394 confirmed cases and 543 deaths since the pandemic began.

In an email, the department said the three new deaths were of:

  • A Salt Lake County man between ages 65 and 84 who was a long-term care facility resident
  • A Salt Lake County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of death
  • A Davis County woman between ages 45 and 64 who was also hospitalized

The health department is reporting that 291 Utahns are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 102 in intensive care. That total hospitalization number is down seven from the record high set Saturday, but the number in the ICU increased by four. The state is currently utilizing about 72% of its ICU beds.

Over the past week, the state is averaging 1,206 new cases per day and a positive test percentage of 14.2.

The department is reporting 7,487 new Utahns were tested over Saturday's figures. About 70,166 Utahns are now estimated to have recovered from COVID-19, meaning 23,685 cases are considered active at this time.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state health officials will update the public on the state's coronavirus situation during their regular news conference this week, which generally occurs on Wednesdays or Thursdays. In response to rising case numbers, Herbert last week announced an overhaul of the state's health guidance that left most of Utah's population under a mask mandate through at least Oct. 29; the only counties that are not currently under a mandate are Beaver, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Kane, Piute, Rich and Wayne, which are designated as having "low" levels of virus transmission under the state's new guidelines.

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.

More information about Utah's health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

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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