SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health Saturday is reporting 3,692 new test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths in the state.
About 1,100 of those cases were reported to the health department on Thursday night, but were not included in Friday’s totals because the department was performing server maintenance at the time, it said.
Over the past week, Utah is averaging 2,706 new reported cases per day and a positive test percentage of 25.8. There are currently 544 Utahns hospitalized due to COVID-19.
Since the pandemic began, Utah has had 231,821 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,038 deaths and 9,351 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus.
There is no coronavirus news conference from state leaders scheduled over the weekend. The national fight against the virus got a major boost on Friday night when the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. The first doses are expected to arrive in Utah on Monday.
— State of Utah COVID-19 Response (@UtahCoronavirus) December 12, 2020
This story will be updated.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after they are confirmed, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since Utah’s outbreak began, including those who are currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.
Referral hospitals are the 16 Utah hospitals with the capability to provide the best COVID-19 health care.
Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days prior to when they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be from even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.
The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths per the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.
For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.
Data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district’s 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 on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.
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