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3,197 more COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported Sunday in Utah

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Nov. 22, 2020 at 1:09 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 22, 2020 at 12:47 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — In its daily release of new coronavirus figures, the Utah Department of Health Sunday reported 3,197 more test-confirmed cases and six deaths in the state.

It says 13,641 more people were tested for the virus over Saturday's numbers, and that 556 Utahns are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. Nearly 200 of those patients, 197, are reportedly in intensive care. The state's ICU beds are over 91% full.

Overall, that brings Utah to 177,176 confirmed cases, 793 deaths, 7,532 hospitalizations, and 1,906,908 tests conducted on 1,344,945 different people since the pandemic began.

In an email, the health department said the six Utahns who died were:

  • A Davis County man between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when he died
  • A Davis County woman over age 85 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man over age 85 who was hospitalized
  • A Salt Lake County man between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized
  • A Washington County man between ages 45 and 64 who was hospitalized
  • A Weber County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized

The state is averaging 3,310 new cases per day and a positive test percentage of 23.5 over the past week. Three months ago, on Aug. 22, the state had a rolling seven-day average of 354 cases per day and 8.7% positive tests.

Seventy-eight Utahns are reported to have died from COVID-19 in the past week.

As Utahns prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the state has issued guidelines and recommendations for safer gatherings. "The more people from different households a person interacts with at a gathering, the closer the physical interaction is, and the longer the interaction lasts, the higher the risk that a person who has COVID-19 may spread it to others, whether he or she has symptoms or not," the guidelines say. "The safest option is to limit your celebrations to the people you live with and include others virtually."

For those who do gather with people from outside the home, the state recommends they keep gatherings as small as possible, only invite people they're around often, and avoid going to multiple gatherings with people from different households. "The host should keep a list of the names and contact information for anyone who attends the gathering," the recommendations say, "in case contact tracing is needed later."

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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.

For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.

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.

Graham Dudley

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