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Utah's COVID-19 deaths surpass 600; 2,292 more confirmed cases announced Friday

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 15:15:05-04

The Utah Department of Health's COVID-19 report shows an increase of 2,292 confirmed cases—bringing the state's total to 112,932—and three more deaths.

“While it is true that Utah’s COVID-19 mortality rate is substantially lower than the national rate, we must not become numb to what these numbers mean for our communities — for those infected, for everyone who loves them. Assuming a 5 percent hospitalization rate, and a 0.5 percent fatality rate, we would see 115 hospitalizations and 11 deaths, just from the nearly 2,300 cases we are announcing today. This will cause increasing strain on our already overworked medical professionals, and leave even more families with an empty chair at their dinner table. And that is to say nothing of the long-term effects many more of these Utahns will face, even as they recover. We cannot be too cautious in our efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19," Governor Gary Herbert wrote in a statement accompanying Friday's report.

Utah's rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,622 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for the percent of positive tests is 18.2

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,395 people in Utah have required hospitalization for the disease. Of those, 318 remain hospitalized.

601 people in Utah have died of COVID-19. The three deaths announced Friday are:

  • Male, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 44-65, Tooele County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident