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3,005 more COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths reported Friday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Dec. 4, 2020 at 1:21 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 3,005 on Friday, with eight more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The state now estimates there are 61,925 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,728, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 25.2%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.5% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 1,470,973 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.4% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported an increase of 16,129 tests conducted as of Friday.

There are 587 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows. Of those, 203 are occupying intensive care unit beds across the state. About 86% of all Utah ICU beds are occupied Friday, including about 90% of ICU beds at the state's referral hospitals, which are the 16 facilities in the state with the capability to provide the best COVID-19 care.

About 58% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied in Utah as of Friday, state data shows.

The eight deaths reported Friday were:

  • A Davis County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • 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 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 hospitalized when he 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 woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • Two Salt Lake County women who were between the ages of 65 and 84 and were hospitalized when they died

Friday's totals give Utah 209,170 total confirmed cases, with 8,652 total hospitalizations and 925 total deaths from the disease. A total of 146,320 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to state data.

There is no COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Friday. Gov. Gary Herbert and other state officials provided an update at a news conference 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.

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.

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