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1,168 more COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Utah Monday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Oct. 19, 2020 at 1:23 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 19, 2020 at 1:08 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 1,168 on Monday, with three more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department estimates there are now 23,981 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,233, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 14.4%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.2% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 980,659 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9.8% have tested positive for the disease. The health department reported an increase of 6,721 tests conducted as of Monday.

There are currently 288 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, including 103 in intensive care units, according to state data. About 70% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied as of Monday, while about 48% of non-ICU beds are filled.

Two of the deaths reported Monday were men over the age of 85 who were residents of long-term care facilities; one in Utah County and the other in Washington County. The third death reported Monday was a Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility, according to the health department.

Monday's totals give Utah 95,562 total confirmed cases, with 4,688 total hospitalizations and 546 total deaths from the disease. A total of 71,035 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

As the state continues experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, Intermountain Healthcare on Monday announced it has opened a "surge ICU" at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to handle more patients.

The surge ICU is part of the hospital's plan to handle more patients who need high-level ICU care, the company said in a statement. Other hospitals in the Intermountain system across the state are also monitoring the situation and will take appropriate steps to provide quality care for their patients, the statement says.

"We call upon the community to stand with us at this time: Please mask up, social distance appropriately, wash hands often, and stay home if sick," Intermountain's statement says. "Our caregivers and patients throughout the community need your support to reduce transmission of this virus."

The health care system is strained due to Utah's current surge. University of Utah Health's ICU has been at 95% capacity in recent weeks, and state health officials have been standing by in case there is a need to create a field hospital at Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, according to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

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.

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.

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