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1,915 more COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths reported Tuesday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein and Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Dec. 15, 2020 at 1:26 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 15, 2020 at 12:55 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 1,915 on Tuesday, with 15 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,540 according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 23.2%. There are 553 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows.

The new numbers indicate a 0.8% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 1,589,855 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.9% have tested positive for the disease.

Tuesday's totals give Utah 237,787 total confirmed cases, with 9,585 total hospitalizations and 1,077 total deaths from the disease.

The 15 deaths reported Tuesday were:

  • A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • An Iron 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 Weber County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County woman who was older than 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Duchesne County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Davis County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 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 hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Washington County man who was older than 85 and was hospitalized when he died

Also on Tuesday, several Utah health care workers became the first in the state to receive the COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Tuesday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to discuss COVID-19 at his monthly news conference with PBS Utah 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.

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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