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2,517 more COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths reported in Utah Tuesday

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Nov. 10, 2020 at 1:23 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 10, 2020 at 1:02 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 2,517 on Tuesday as the state entered its second day under a sweeping new emergency health order enacted by Gov. Gary Herbert.

Eleven more deaths were also reported Tuesday — the second-highest single-day death total, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 40,738 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah, the first time that estimate has been over 40,000. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,554, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 21.9%.

Herbert's order, which went into effect at 1 p.m. Monday, enacts a statewide mask mandate, restricts social gatherings to only among those in the same household, and introduces plans for expanded COVID-19 testing. The state of emergency will last two weeks, after which the state will resume its previous COVID-19 transmission index system, according to the health department.

The new numbers indicate a 1.9% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 1,180,749 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 11.9% have tested positive for the disease. The state reported an increase of 12,826 tests conducted as of Tuesday.

A total of 435 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Utah, including 185 in intensive care units. About 76% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied, while about 50% of non-ICU hospital beds are filled, state data shows.

The 11 deaths reported Tuesday include:

  • A Wasatch County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Davis County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Washington 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 man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Wasatch County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 with an unknown hospitalization status

Tuesday's totals give Utah 137,385 total confirmed cases, with 6,284 total hospitalizations and 672 total deaths from the disease since the pandemic began. A total of 95,975 COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, according to the health department.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Tuesday. State officials discussed Utah's new COVID-19 health order at a Monday news conference.

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.

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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