Weekly Utah COVID report shows decrease in new cases

Nurse Megan Christley swabs Mason Stoup’s nose for a COVID-19 test at a Nomi Health testing site outside of the Utah Department of Health building in Salt Lake City on March 16. On Thursday, Utah health officials reported 5,150 new COVID-19 cases and 28 additional deaths over the past week.

Nurse Megan Christley swabs Mason Stoup’s nose for a COVID-19 test at a Nomi Health testing site outside of the Utah Department of Health building in Salt Lake City on March 16. On Thursday, Utah health officials reported 5,150 new COVID-19 cases and 28 additional deaths over the past week. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 5,150 new COVID-19 cases and 28 additional deaths over the past week.

The number of new cases has continued a decrease over the last few weeks, according to the Utah Department of Health and Human Service's weekly report. Last week, on July 28, Utah confirmed 5,866 cases; in the week prior, ending July 21, 6,870 new cases were reported. The numbers do not include home tests.

Wastewater testing sites showed decreasing virus levels compared to last week. Last week, 97.1% of sites showed increased virus levels, but this week only 70.6% of sites show increased virus levels.

The report from the state also showed decreases compared to last week's report in weekly average number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, average hospital admissions due to COVID-19, COVID-19 cases in the intensive care unit, and percentage of tests that have a positive result.

On Thursday, 210 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout Utah, which is a decrease from the previous Thursday's report, which showed 252 hospitalizations.

As of Thursday, 1,015,442 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the state since the start of the pandemic, as well as 4,928 deaths due to the disease.

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Emily Ashcraft joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. She covers courts and legal affairs, as well as health, faith and religion news.

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