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With 987 new coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday, Utah’s rate of new diagnoses rose to near-record-high levels.
The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday reported a seven-day average of 1,182 new positive test results per day — below Saturday’s record of 1,189, but far above the state’s goal to keep weeklong averages to fewer than 400 new cases per day.
Utah’s death toll from the coronavirus stood at 522 on Tuesday, the same as Monday.
Hospitalizations were held steady on Tuesday, with 249 Utah patients concurrently admitted, UDOH reported. On average, 241 patients have been receiving treatment in Utah hospitals each day for the past week — continuing an increase that began in mid-September.
In total, 4,383 patients have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, up 52 from Monday.
For the past week, 13.8% of all tests have come back positive — a rate that indicates a large number of infected people are not being tested, state officials have said. Statewide, Utah’s rate of positive tests has been above 5% since May 25, according to UDOH data.
There were 8,801 new test results reported on Tuesday, above the weeklong average of 8,019 new tests per day.
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