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Utah surpasses 40,000 COVID-19 cases, Dept. of Health says

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 18:42:09-04

The Utah Department of Health's COVID-19 report for Friday shows an increase of 500 confirmed cases—bringing the state's total number of cases above 40,000—and four new deaths.

528,910 people have now been tested for COVID-19 in Utah, according to the report, and Utah's case count now stands at 40,196. Utah's rolling seven-day average of positive tests is 457.

2,377 people in Utah have required hospitalization for the disease. Of those, 213 remain hospitalized.

UDOH reports 304 people in Utah have died of COVID-19. The four new deaths are:

  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, between 65-84, San Juan County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Cache County resident, long-term care facility resident

28,130 of Utah's cases, nearly 70 percent, are considered "recovered". A case with a diagnosis date of more than three weeks ago, who has not passed away, is considered recovered.

According to UDOH, the number of new COVID-19 tests performed in Utah has decreased lately.

"We’re watching testing numbers carefully. They have been lower in recent days than where we would like to be. Whether this is due to a true decrease in demand, or a temporary decrease due to the holiday weekend is something we’ll hopefully be able to determine over the next several days," a statement from UDOH said.