SALT LAKE CITY – A few weeks into the new school year, Utah health officials reported the most new daily COVID-19 cases since late July on Friday.
According to the Utah Department of Health, the state has an increase of 656 cases out of 4,041 tests on Friday – a 16.2% positive rate.
“The largest daily increase since late July, we have told the present day caseload growth. We are watching the numbers closely, and want to reiterate, as we have during this response, that one day of data does not necessarily indicate a trend, “Dr. Angela Dunn, Utah Department of Health Pandemic The expert said in a statement.
Of the cases reported on Friday, 40% are from Salt Lake County and 33% from Utah County, Dunn, and 40% of cases are in the 15-24 age group.
According to data from the state health department, the school outbreak – in which two or more cases were detected by the location, time and contact of a school, continued from 38 on Tuesday to 45 on Friday, 201 With allied matters.
“In addition, many test locations were closed on Monday, Labor Day and Tuesday. It is possible that those who have been tested on Monday and Tuesday waited until later in the week to be tested. , Which has resulted in an increase in the number of positive cases identified today, ”Dunn said.
Counties risk status
The government, Gary Herbert, issued an executive order on Friday allowing the box elders and carbon counties to move to a green or “new normal” state, a minimum level of restriction under the state’s phased guidelines in the epidemic.
This means that residents or visitors to those counties are still encouraged to wear face masks in business and social settings where social disturbances are not possible, but other guidelines are removed, including the extent of social ceremonies.
Now 13 rural counties are in the new normal phase, including Bever, Daggett, Ducheson, Emery, Garfield, Kane, Millard, Peyut, Sevier, Uintah and Wayne.
The yellow or “low level” of the ban phase still includes Cauch, Cavis, Davis, Grand, Iron, Zaub, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpe, Summit, Vale, Utah, Wasatch, Washington and Weber . Under current phasing guidelines, social interactions should be placed at 50 people or less for areas in the yellow ban phase, and when social disturbances are not possible, people are directed to cover the face in public.
Many of all counties that have been allowed to move into the green phase are seeing low positive test rates.
The Center for Medicare and Medicid Services has begun providing county-by-county breakdowns of positive test rates nationwide. The data shows that Utah has a low positive test rate in 13 counties: Beaver, Carbone, Daggett, Ducheson, Garfield, Grand, Kane, Millard, Peute, Rich, San Juan, Uintah and Wayne.
Counties that have seen moderate positive test rates include Box Elder, Davis, Emery, Juab, Morgan, Salt Lake, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Vale, Wasatch, and Washington.
Last week, Washington County commissioners – citing a low case count and hospital use – sent a letter to Herbert requesting the area be moved to green. The request was not granted until Friday.
According to Medicare and Medicaid Services data, only four counties are listed as seeing higher rates, with positive test rates of 10% or more. They are Utah, Weber, Cash and Iron counties.
Since the epidemic began in Utah, 56,675 cases out of 707,807 people have been confirmed so far.
The rolling seven-day average for new cases is 402 per day, and the average positive test rate is 9%. Currently, 123 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, five more than Thursday. Since the outbreak began, just under 3,300 people have been required to be hospitalized for the disease in Utah.
Another death was also reported on Friday, a Salt Lake County over 85 year old man who was not hospitalized when he died. He brings the state toll due to illness to 431 deaths.
More than 48,000 cases in the state are believed to have recovered after surviving the three-week point since their diagnosis, meaning that approximately 8,200 infections are active.
On Friday, New York City’s last group visited nurses as part of an exchange between Northwell Health and Intermountain Healthcare to spend two weeks sharing knowledge gained while fighting the nation’s worst outbreak Prepared to leave later.
He said, “I am very grateful for the experience I have gained here. I have developed a lot of friendship with patients and doctors, and nurses and all staff, ”said Nancy Delasel, a Northwell Critical Care nurse.
“We were really in the thick of things in New York,” she said, when Intermountain nurses traveled to the city earlier this year during a surge of cases.
While she said that “everyone was great” for nurses in Beehive State, Delsel urged Utahns to “be careful not to wear their masks” and to prevent the disease from spreading by other precautions.