According to data released by the Health Department, there are 3,674 new test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 new deaths from the disease in Salt Lake City – Utah on Saturday.
The Department of Health also reports that currently COVID-19, 212 of them have been hospitalized in Utah due to 212 in intensive care units, and 14,838 more people were tested for the virus.
Overall, the updated numbers bring Utah to 212,844 confirmed cases, with 939 deaths reported since the COVID-19 pandemic onset and 8,765 coronovirus-related hospitalizations.
In an email, the health department said 10 women were involved in 14 deaths:
- A Salt Lake County resident over 85 years old who lived in a long-term care facility
- The two were residents of Salt Lake County between the ages of 65 and 84 when they died
- A Salt Lake County resident who lived in a long-term care facility between the ages of 65 and 84
- A Utah County resident was over 85 years old who lived in a long-term care facility
- Three Utah County residents between the ages of 65 and 84 who lived in a long-term care facility
- Washington County resident who was hospitalized between the ages of 65 and 84
- A Weber County resident who lived in a long-term care facility between the ages of 65 and 84
They also included four men, all of whom were residents of a long-term care facility:
- A Salt Lake County resident over 85 years old
- A Salt Lake County resident between the ages of 65 and 84
- A Utah County resident over 85 years old
- A Utah County resident between the ages of 45 and 64
Of the state’s 939 deaths, 330 of them – about 35% – have been long-term care facility residents. Salt Lake County and Utah County account for 62% of the state’s COVID-19 related deaths.
In the past one week, the state has 2,958 newly reported cases per day and an average positive rate of 25.5%.
There is no COVID-19 news conference from state leaders scheduled for this weekend; Gary Gary Herbert and health officials addressed the public during a news conference on Thursday. During the conference, Herbert feared Thanksgiving-related upticks in coronovirus cases, but hoped the number would not increase “dramatically”.
State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn also gave new guidelines to quarantine after a possible exposure to the virus. The state now recommends Utahns quarantine for 10 days instead of 14 days, or possibly seven days if tested on that day, a negative result is obtained and symptoms are not visible. The new guidelines have recently been unveiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the Health Department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results cannot be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported each day by the Utah Health Department includes all cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of Utah, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and Those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.
According to the Health Department, deaths reported by the state usually occur two to seven days earlier. Some deaths can also occur from the future, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.
The Department of Health reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 death cases as defined by the state and territorial epidemiologists. The death count can be changed as soon as the investigation of the case is completed.
According to the Department of Health, the deaths for which the death of COVID-19 is reported, if the COVID-19 was not there, the person would not have died.
The data included in this story primarily reflect the state of Utah as a whole. For more local data, visit your local health district 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 about the Utah Department of Health and reports COVID-19 data, go to coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.
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