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1,897 more COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported Monday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Nov. 30, 2020 at 1:46 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 30, 2020 at 1:07 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 1,897 on Monday, with three more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 60,539 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,312, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 21.5%. There are 560 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows.

The new numbers indicate a 1% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 1,423,079 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 13.8% have tested positive for the disease.

The state reported an increase of 4,852 tests conducted as of Monday. The lower testing total is most likely due to closures of testing centers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the health department.

Of the 560 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Utah, 205 are currently in intensive care unit beds, state data shows. About 83% of all ICU beds are filled as of Monday, including about 90% in Utah's referral hospitals, which are the 16 facilities in the state that have the capability to provide the best COVID-19 care, according to the health department.

About 47% of non-ICU hospital beds are currently occupied, state data shows.

The three deaths reported Monday were:

  • A Uintah County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Washington County woman who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when she died

Monday's totals give Utah 195,706 total confirmed cases, with 8,135 total hospitalizations and 871 total deaths from the disease. A total of 134,296 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to hold media availability on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., according to his office.

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.

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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