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Over 2,800 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, largest single-day increase in Utah

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 15:55:09-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported more that 2,800 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and seven additional deaths.

The 2,807 new cases is the highest single-day increase in Utah since the pandemic began.

The rolling seven-day average of positive tests is 1,943 per day and the seven-day rolling average for percent of positive tests is at 19.5 percent.

389 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah. That is also a record high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.

The newly reported deaths brings the state's death toll to 632.

They include:

  • Female, between 65-84, Davs County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Tooele County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Governor Herbert released this statement regarding Thursday's report:

Unfortunately, today’s record high case numbers are not surprising, and if projections out of the Utah Department of Health are correct, we will see much higher numbers in the coming weeks. We will continue to see dramatic increases until we choose to act differently. Medical professionals have warned us again and again. We must change our behavior, if we are to expect a different outcome. To that end, I have held emergency meetings with legislative leadership this week. We anticipate sharing more early next week about the additional steps we will take to end the surge in infections.