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2,333 more COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths reported Tuesday in Utah

Spencer Moore, a medical assistant with University of Utah Health, checks a saliva sample as he administers a COVID-19 test at the Rice-Eccles Stadium testing site in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 2,333 on Tuesday, with 23 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

It's the second-highest number of deaths reported in a single day of Utah's pandemic after 26 deaths were previously reported on Nov. 25.

The health department estimates there are 60,880 active Utah COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 3,101, according to the health department.

The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 27%. That is a slight decrease from 27.1% Monday, after the rolling positive test rate increased for several days following the Thanksgiving holiday.

The new numbers indicate a 1.1% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 1,512,808 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.6% have tested positive for COVID-19. The state reported an increase of 9,906 tests conducted as of Tuesday.

There are now 579 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows. Of those, 220 are in intensive care unit beds across the state of Utah, a record high, according to state data.

About 87% of all Utah ICU beds are filled as of Tuesday, including about 91% of ICU beds in Utah's 16 referral hospitals. About 49% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied as of Tuesday, health department data shows.

The 23 deaths reported Tuesday were:

  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when he died
  • Two Utah County men who were between the ages of 65 and 84 and were hospitalized when they died
  • A Weber County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • Four Salt Lake County men who were between the ages of 65 and 84 and were hospitalized when they died
  • 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 a resident of a long-term care facility
  • Two Salt Lake County women who were over the age of 85 and were hospitalized when they died
  • A Salt Lake 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 Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Sanpete County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Sevier County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A San Juan County woman who was between the ages of 44 and 65 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Washington County woman who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility

Tuesday's totals give Utah 219,971 total confirmed cases, with 9,003 total hospitalizations and 972 total deaths from the disease. A total of 158,119 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Tuesday. Utah officials typically provide updates at news conferences once a week on Thursdays.

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.

Referral hospitals are the 16 Utah hospitals with the capability to provide the best COVID-19 health care.

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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