Weekly COVID report shows spread continues to decrease in Utah

Maleea Ezekiel, Utah Department of Health and Human Services wastewater surveillance project coordinator, prepares 24-hour composite wastewater samples for extraction, to test for COVID-19, at the Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville on Aug. 24. On Thursday the state reported 1,919 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths over the past week.

Maleea Ezekiel, Utah Department of Health and Human Services wastewater surveillance project coordinator, prepares 24-hour composite wastewater samples for extraction, to test for COVID-19, at the Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville on Aug. 24. On Thursday the state reported 1,919 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths over the past week. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 1,919 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths over the past week.

The seven-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases reported has continued to decrease over the last few months and is currently at 274 new reported cases per day, down from over 1,000 per day in July and 359 last week, according to the Utah Department of Health and Human Services' weekly report. At-home testing is not included in the results.

Wastewater testing sites showed 52.9% had increasing virus levels, the same as the previous week's report. Every county in Utah has a "low" community transmission level for COVID-19, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; a metric that factors in wastewater COVID-19 levels.

Other metrics show slight decreases in COVID-19 spread. For the first time since May, emergency room visits due to COVID-19 have dipped below 2% of the total visits. Currently, 1.94% of patients who visited emergency rooms had the virus.

On Thursday, 133 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout Utah; 16 of those patients are in intensive care units.

In all, 1,036,535 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state since the start of the pandemic, as well as 5,011 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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