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1,363 COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported Wednesday as Utah sees record-high hospitalizations

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Oct. 21, 2020 at 1:18 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 21, 2020 at 12:58 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 1,363 on Wednesday, with six more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The state also records a record number of current hospitalizations, with 314 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah as of Wednesday, according to the health department. Wednesday is the first day that Utah has reported over 300 current hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

The state now estimates there are 24,843 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,283, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 15.1%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.4% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 993,995 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9.9% have tested positive for the disease. The state reports an increase of 7,571 tests conducted as of Wednesday.

Of the 314 people currently hospitalized, 111 are in intensive care units — another record high, according to state data. About 73% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied as of Wednesday, while about 52% of non-ICU beds are filled, state data shows.

The six deaths reported Wednesday include:

  • A Washington County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility

Wednesday's totals give Utah 98,006 total confirmed cases, with 4,807 total hospitalizations and 557 total deaths from the disease. A total of 72,606 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Wednesday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to participate in his monthly PBS Utah news conference on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., where he will likely be discussing coronavirus-related topics.

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.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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