With 988 new coronavirus cases reported on Monday, Utah’s rate of new diagnoses declined slightly amid a testing lull — but the strain on Utah hospitals remained as high as ever.
The Utah Department of Health on Monday reported a seven-day average of 1.145 new positive test results per day — below Sunday’s rate of 1,161, 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 Monday, with five fatalities reported since Sunday:
- A Davis County man, age 65 to 84.
- A Garfield County woman, age 45 to 64.
- A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85.
- Two Washington County men, ages 64 to 85.
Hospitalizations held steady on Monday, with 249 Utah patients concurrently admitted, UDOH reported. On average, 235 patients have been receiving treatment in Utah hospitals each day for the past week — the highest since the pandemic began
In total, 4,331 patients have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, up 25 from Sunday.
For the past week, 13.9% 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 4,360 new test results reported on Monday, below the weeklong average of 8,107 new tests per day.
Patients now can get COVID-19 testing at Rice-Eccles Stadium, thanks to a program run by University of Utah Health and the University of Utah. Testing, using the saliva method, will be done Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon.
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