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No additional COVID-19 deaths reported in Utah and 142 new confirmed cases

Monday's updated coronavirus numbers
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Posted at 12:50 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 16:27:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY — No additional deaths in Utah due to COVID-19 were reported by the Utah Department of Health Monday. The total in the state remains at 50.

There have been 142 more cases confirmed in the Utah, bringing the total number to 5,317. That is just a 2.7 percent growth increase.

There have been 5 new hospitalizations required. The total number of hospitalizations since the outbreak began is 441.

2,559 more people have been tested for COVID-19. 124,661 Utahns have now been tested for the disease. The positive rate remains at 4.2 percent.

"One of the important things things we track with our data is where positive cases were likely exposed to the virus," State Epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, said at Monday's media briefing. "And what we found is that people with unknown exposure, or what we call 'community-spread cases,' is dropping. Only 11 percent of cases are considered to be community-spread."

Dr. Dunn said 60 percent of positive cases were exposed by someone in their household, 25 percent were exposed by someone they know outside of their household, and only four percent were exposed at their workplace.

The health department is actively tracking an outbreak in the San Juan County Health District associated with the Navajo Nation.

"They have had a total of 116 cases from the beginning of this outbreak and over half occurred last week," Dr. Dunn said.

The mobile testing team has been out several times within the past couple of weeks and the state is providing tribal leaders and healthcare workers with guidance regarding social distancing and contact tracing.

The health department's coronavirus media briefings had been held daily, but the plan going forward is to hold them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.