Health department: 1,211 more COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths in Saturday report

(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News, File)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 1,211 on Saturday, with five more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The department also reported 21,204 more vaccines administered for a total of 404,085 doses given so far. Of those, 99,160 have been second doses.

Over the past week, Utah is averaging 1,183 COVID-19 cases reported per day and a positive test rate of 16.2%. The health department says there are currently 335 Utahns hospitalized due to the coronavirus, including 123 in intensive care.

The number COVID-19 tests conducted in Utah increased by 23,522 since Friday; 8,264 were on people who hadn't previously been tested.

Overall, Utah has now reported 353,700 total COVID-19 cases and 1,733 deaths from the disease. The five deaths reported Saturday include:

  • A Millard County woman over age 85 who was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County woman over age 85 who was not hospitalized
  • A Tooele County woman between ages 45 and 64 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Uintah County man between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County man between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized

There is no coronavirus news conference scheduled for over the weekend. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox discussed the latest statewide developments in a conference on 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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