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Health Dept.: 249 more COVID-19 cases in Utah; five new deaths

Posted at 1:06 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 17:30:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health's COVID-19 report for Monday shows 49,364 cases—an increase of 249 since Sunday's report—and a total of 390 deaths.

So far, 626,354 people in Utah have been tested for the disease.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,941 people have required hospitalization for COVID-19. Of those, 130 remain hospitalized.

The five new deaths announced Monday are:

  • Male, between 45 and 64, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, San Juan County resident
  • Female, between 45 and 64, Uintah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, older than 85, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65 and 84, Wasatch County resident, long-term care facility resident

41,164 of Utah's cases—more than 83 percent—are considered "recovered." A case with a diagnosis date of more than three weeks ago, who has not passed away, is considered recovered.

The Utah Department of Health later released the following statement on recent testing numbers:

"[D]ata on laboratory tests completed over the past several days are artificially low due to a delay in reporting results to the state's Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) system. The delay has resulted in positive cases being reported from one laboratory partner, but negative test results from that partner have not been reported.

"The UDOH is working with this testing partner to resolve the delay, and negative laboratory test results will be adjusted as soon as possible."