Utah’s rolling average of new COVID-19 cases passes 500 for first time since July

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Registered nurse Beth Ann Friel takes the vitals signs of a couple at a COVID-19 test center at Intermountain Healthcare’s Salt Lake Clinic on Friday, July 10, 2020. Officials from Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, MountainStar Healthcare and Steward Health Care fear that if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, they will no longer be able to effectively manage all the patients.

Registered nurse Beth Ann Friel takes the vitals signs of a couple at a COVID-19 test center at Intermountain Healthcare’s Salt Lake Clinic on Friday, July 10, 2020. Officials from Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, MountainStar Healthcare and Steward Health Care fear that if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, they will no longer be able to effectively manage all the patients. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s rolling average of daily new COVID-19 cases has surpassed 500 for the first time since July, health officials reported.

On Tuesday, 562 cases were confirmed out of 3,930 tests — a 14.3% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Now 59,000 of 725,612 people have tested positive for the disease in Utah since the pandemic began, a rate of 8.1%.

The rolling seven-day average for new cases is 522 per day, and the average positive test rate is 10.6%. Currently, 128 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, six fewer than on Monday. Hospitalizations since the outbreak hit Utah now total 3,361.

Dr. Angela Dunn, epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health, noted on Monday that a large percentage of new cases in the state are those in the 15-24 age group, particularly in Utah County as school has resumed for the fall.

No new deaths were reported Tuesday, leaving the state’s toll due to the disease at 436.

More than 49,300 of Utah’s cases are considered recovered after surviving the three-week point since their diagnoses, meaning about 9,200 cases remain active.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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