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2,110 more COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported in Utah Wednesday

Vehicles form a line for COVID-19 testing as the University Health Wellness Bus visits Centennial Park in West Valley City on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

(Steve Griffin, KSL file)



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 2,110 on Wednesday — slightly over 100 shy of breaking the state's single-day record and only the second time Utah has reported more than 2,000 new cases during the pandemic.

Six more deaths were also reported Wednesday, according to the Utah Department of Health. The agency also reported 382 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Utah Wednesday — the fourth day in a row the state has broken its own record in that statistic.

Utah reported 2,292 new cases on Friday, which is the highest single-day total to date.

The health department now estimates that there are 32,513 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,803, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 19.1%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.8% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 1,111,986 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 10.9% have tested positive for the disease. The health department reported an increase of 6,559 tests conducted as of Wednesday.

Of the 382 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, 158 are in intensive care unit beds — another record high. About 75% of all ICU beds in the state are filled, while about 50% of non-ICU beds are occupied as of Wednesday, state data shows.

The six deaths reported Wednesday include:

  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • An Iron County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 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
  • A Cache County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died

Additionally, the death of a Utah County man who was over the age of 85 has been removed from the COVID-19 deaths count, the health department said. His death was originally reported on Oct. 22 but has been removed from the count for further investigation.

Wednesday's totals give Utah 121,485 total confirmed cases, with 5,755 total hospitalizations and 625 total deaths from the disease since the pandemic began.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Wednesday. 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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