Medical assistant Namera Ned tests Davina Vitalis for COVID-19 at Intermountain Healthcare’s Taylorsville Clinic in Taylorsville on Friday, July 17, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
But case count does not represent a trend, Dr. Angela Dunn says
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials on Friday reported the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases since late July.
The state saw an increase of 656 cases on Friday out of 4,041 tests — a 16.2% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health.
“Today’s caseload growth is the largest daily net increase we have reported since late July. We are looking closely at the numbers, and want to reiterate, as we have throughout this response, that one day of data does not necessarily indicate a trend,” Dr. Angela Dunn, epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health, said in a statement.
Of the cases reported Friday, 40% are from Salt Lake County and 33% are from Utah County, Dunn noted. Additionally, 40% of the cases are in the 15-24 age category.
“Additionally, many testing locations were closed Monday for Labor Day and Tuesday due to the windstorm. It’s possible people who would have been tested Monday and Tuesday waited until later in the week to be tested, resulting in an increase in the number of positive cases identified today,” Dunn said.
Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order Friday allowing Box Elder and Carbon counties to move to the minimum level of restriction, a green or “new normal” status, under the state’s phased guidelines in the pandemic.
Now 56,675 cases have been confirmed out of 707,807 people tested since the pandemic began in Utah.
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 on Thursday. Since the outbreak started, just under 3,300 people have needed hospitalization for the disease in Utah.
Another death was also reported Friday, a Salt Lake County man older than 85 who was not hospitalized when he died. He brings the state’s toll due to the disease to 431 deaths.
Just over 48,000 of the state’s cases are considered recovered after surviving the three-week point since their diagnoses, meaning about 8,200 infections remain active.
This story will be updated.
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News