The state now estimates there are 22,714 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah, a number that has more than doubled in the past month. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,182, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 13.8%.
Tuesday is the second day in a row new Utah cases have been reported at under 1,000, but it’s only the third day in October so far that has seen fewer than 1,000 new cases, state data shows.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, along with health department interim executive director Rich Saunders, and state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn are expected to provide updates at a 1:30 p.m. news conference. The event will be livestreamed here.
Herbert is expected to announce new restrictions as part of “major changes to Utah’s COVID-19 guidance system,” he said in a tweet Tuesday. The changes come amid Utah’s weeks-long surge in COVID-19 cases and are the result of days of discussions with public health officials and legislators, Herbert said.
Following weeks of surging cases, I will join representatives from the @UtahDepOfHealth in announcing major changes to Utah’s COVID-19 guidance system. This will include new restrictions.
Stream here live at 1:30: https://t.co/JGxSBaymOg
— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) October 13, 2020
The new numbers indicate a 1.1% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 931,732 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9.5% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported an increase of 8,801 tests conducted as of Tuesday.
A total of 249 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Utah Tuesday, including 90 in intensive care unit beds, according to the health department. That is the same number of current hospitalizations as Monday. About 65% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied as of Tuesday, while about 49% of non-ICU beds are filled, state data shows.
Tuesday’s totals give Utah 87,819 total confirmed cases, with 4,383 total hospitalizations and 522 total deaths from the disease. A total of 64,583 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.
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.
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.
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.
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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