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3,178 more COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths reported Tuesday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Nov. 17, 2020 at 1:18 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 17, 2020 at 12:54 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — After a lower number of new cases Monday, Utah's case counts spiked back up over 3,000 Tuesday.

The number of Utah COVID-19 cases increased by 3,178 on Tuesday, with nine more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health. The state also reported 512 current hospitalizations, a record high in that statistic that breaks Monday's previous record of 503 current hospitalizations.

The state now estimates there are 51,624 active cases of the disease in Utah — the first time that estimate has been above 50,000. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 3,057, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 24.4%.

The new numbers indicate a 2% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 1,265,600 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 12.6% have tested positive for COVID-19. The state reported an increase of 11,342 tests conducted as of Tuesday.

Of the 512 people currently hospitalized in Utah, 196 are in intensive care units, according to health department data. About 87% of ICU beds are full as of Tuesday, while about 50% of non-ICU hospital beds are filled, state data shows.

The nine deaths reported Tuesday include:

  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Juab County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Beaver County woman who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility

Tuesday's totals give Utah 158,957 total confirmed cases, with 6,988 total hospitalizations and 732 total deaths from the disease. State data shows an estimated 106,601 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Tuesday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to provide a COVID-19 update during his monthly PBS Utah news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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