Health department reports 1,516 new COVID-19 cases Sunday in Utah

People in cars line up for COVID-19 testing outside of the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Beginning Dec. 28, Salt Lake County will offer rapid COVID-19 tests at the center, 2050 W. 3100 South, Monday through Saturday,10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No testing will be conducted Dec. 31 through Jan. 2, and registration is required at SaltLakeHealth.org.

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News, File)



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SALT LAKE CITY — In its daily update of COVID-19 statistics in Utah, the state health department reported 1,516 new positive tests and another 13 deaths from the disease Sunday.

Four of those deaths happened before the new year, officials said, but were still under investigation. Overall, that brings the state to 336,405 total confirmed cases and 1,595 deaths since the pandemic began.

Currently, 461 Utahns are reported hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 182 in intensive care. Sunday's numbers came as 14,575 more test results were reported and 7,331 Utahns were tested for the virus for the first time.

Over the past week, the state is averaging 1,794 new reported cases per day and a positive test rate of 19.4%.

The health department says 6,073 more vaccines were administered since yesterday's report, for a total of 228,348 so far. More than 28,000 Utahns have received a second dose of the vaccine.

The deaths reported Sunday include:

  • A Salt Lake County man between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man over age 85 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man between ages 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Uintah County man between ages 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized
  • A Utah County man between ages 25 and 44 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • Three Utah County men between ages 65 and 84 who were hospitalized
  • A Utah County woman over age 85 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County woman over age 85 who was not hospitalized
  • A Weber County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized

Together, Salt Lake and Utah counties now account for 62% of the state's reported cases and 58% of its deaths.

There is no coronavirus news conference from state leaders scheduled for Sunday. Gov. Spencer Cox and health officials will update the public in a conference later this week; it usually occurs on Thursdays.

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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.

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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