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Health Dept: 656 more COVID-19 cases in Utah; one new death

Posted at 1:01 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 00:02:26-04

The Utah Department of Health's COVID-19 report for Friday shows an increase of 656 confirmed cases—bringing the state's total to 56,675 cases—and one new death.

Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist said Friday's report shows the largest daily net increase since late July, but one day of data does not necessarily indicate a trend. (Scroll down to see Dr. Dunn's full statement.)

707,807 people in Utah have now been tested for COVID-19. The state's rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 402 per day.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,288 people in Utah have required hospitalization for COVID-19. Of those, 123 remain hospitalized.

431 people in Utah have died of COVID-19. The new death reported Friday is:

  • Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized

48,021 of Utah's cases—nearly 85 percent—are considered "recovered." A case with a diagnosis date of more than three weeks ago, who has not passed away, is considered recovered.

Statement from Dr. Angela Dunn:

"Today's caseload growth is the largest daily net increase we have reported since late July. We are looking closely at the numbers, and want to reiterate, as we have throughout this response, that one day of data does not necessarily indicate a trend. Our initial analysis has provided some insights on the newly reported cases:

  • 73% are from Salt Lake County (40%) and Utah County (33%)
  • 40% are among children and young adults ages 15-24

Additionally, many testing locations were closed Monday for Labor Day and Tuesday due to the windstorm. It's possible people who would have been tested Monday and Tuesday waited until later in the week to be tested, resulting in an increase in the number of positive cases identified today. Even with today's increase, our 7-day rolling average of 403 cases per day is still lower than last Friday's 7-day rolling average of 409 cases per day."