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Utah Reports 563 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 New Deaths, 134 Current Hospitalizations

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Monday reported 563 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is now at 487 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is up to 9.8%. The state has tested 721,682 people so far, and 58,438 of those tests have returned positive.

The state has now seen four consecutive days with new positive cases above 500. State epidemiologist Angela Dunn said the trend is being driven in large part by college-aged adults in Utah County.

“We are experiencing a clear upward trend in case counts right now,” she said in a statement. ” …Since last Friday, 39% of all new cases have come from Utah County, this despite the fact that Utah County’s population represents just 20% of the state’s population. Most of these cases are among 14-24 year olds, and the majority of those are among college-aged young adults.”

Dunn said schools across Utah have acted proactively to implement prevention measures. She urged colleges to help students act responsibly while off campus.

“What students do off campus has a direct impact on a school’s ability to safely operate their campus,” she said.

There are currently 134 patients hospitalized with the virus, 54 of which are in intensive care units. Another 36 patients are hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. UDOH reports 48.9% of all non-ICU beds and 63.7% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied.

A total of 436 Utahns have died. The following deaths were reported Monday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Duchesne County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 25-44, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death

The state is considering 48,934 cases as recovered, meaning those patients received a positive diagnosis more than three weeks ago and they have not died.

“People should avoid large, indoor gatherings where physical distancing is not possible,” Dunn said. “They should wear face coverings in public, they should stay home if they are sick, and they need to follow quarantine and isolation instructions from public health.”

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