CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah Breaks Previous Record With 911 New COVID-19 Cases In One Day

Sep 17, 2020, 12:29 PM | Updated: 3:20 pm
FILE (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Thursday announced 911 new COVID-19 cases.

No new deaths were reported.

It breaks the state’s previous  record of 875 new cases in a single day, which was set in July.

Gov. Herbert, Dr. Dunn hold update on COVID-19

LIVE: Gov. Gary Herbert and state epidemiologist Angela Dunn are holding a press conference with updates on the COVID-19 situation in Utah

Posted by KSL 5 TV on Thursday, September 17, 2020

The rolling seven day average for positive tests is now 661 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests has reached 11.9%. The state has tested 735,138 people so far, and 60,658 of those tests returned positive. A total of 931,331 tests have been issued.

There are currently 120 patients hospitalized with the virus, 54 of which are in intensive care units. Another 50 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. UDOH reports 55.8% of all non-ICU beds and 69.1% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied.

Hospitalizations have been declining since August. However, cases through the summer were also declining. It’s too soon to tell if the recent spike in COVID-19 cases will lead to an increase in hospitalizations.

A total of 437 Utahns have died from the virus.

The state is considering 50,108 cases as recovered, meaning those patients received a positive diagnosis more than three weeks ago and they have not died.

State leaders made it clear they are very concerned over the spike in cases.

State epidemiologist Angela Dunn said the seven day rolling average of 661 cases is especially alarming. “We have gotten to this peak of a seven day rolling average of 661 new cases in one week. During the summer, it took us six weeks to reach this level.”

Governor Gary Herbert said state leaders are discussing how to address the spike and will announce any new actions, including possible government mandates, sometime in the next several days. Herbert repeated what he has often said during the pandemic, that he would prefer mandates come from local leaders rather than state leaders.

Dunn said, “The initial part of this current surge was driven by 15 to 24 year olds, but in the recent days we have seen an increase across all of our ages, so we need to take immediate action to prevent unnecessary illnesses and deaths in the state.”

Herbert said one of the immediate actions has taken is postponing a decision on the request from several counties to change color safety designations. A decision on those requests will have to wait until at least next week.

Dunn said, “I’m especially concerned with what we are seeing in Utah County. They have been experiencing a surge for the past three weeks with the greatest increase in the past week.”

Dunn added, “40% of our new cases in this past week are from Utah County, but they only account for about 20% of our state’s population and there’s parts of Utah County that have infection rates of 1,400 cases per hundred thousand people.”

She said that is approximately six time greater than the state’s infection rate. “We are on pace to match or exceed infection rates that we have seen in the Navajo Nation and in New York City.”

Governor Herbert reiterated that in the past several months the news regarding coronavirus had generally been good. “This is not one of those good news days,” he said during Thursday’s COVID-19 weekly update.

During a meeting Thursday morning with the Utah Unified Command, Herbert announced a new focus on testing which will allow anyone who wants a test to get a test. He said he will be working with the legislature to find the funds to pay for it and indicated details will be released soon along with other potential measures which could include stronger government intervention.

“Some of this was not surprising, in the fact we have a spike, it is a little surprising in the magnitude of the spike, and how the numbers have accelerated so greatly,” he said.

Herbert cited a return to school, at both public school and universities which is allowing for more social interaction.

“We’re finding that the age group that’s spiking the fastest right now is the 15 to 24-year olds,”  he said.

He equated the spike in the younger population to being “a canary in a coal mine.”

He called it “a red flag warning for all of us that things are happening out there.”

The Governor laid out a list of reasons the new data on spiking cases is so alarming.

  • Case counts are growing when they should be stabilizing and dropping.
  • Questions over what the spike in cases means for additional hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks.
  • People who ignore health guidelines and those who are promoting social gatherings that are in “defiance” recommendations from health officials.

Herbert added he was alarmed by people who do not believe in the science behind preventing infections.

“Just because you find it on YouTube or the internet doesn’t mean it’s correct,” he said.

Herbert and Dunn reiterated several times the effectiveness of wearing masks, social distancing and staying home when sick.

“We know wearing a mask is inconvenient. We know wearing a mask is not fun to do,” he said. “But it’s a little bit of sacrifice, a little bit of inconvenience that will help us for the overall goal of stemming the tide, of the growth of this pandemic.”

“I wear the mask to protect you, you wear the mask to protect me. That’s how this virus works, and that’s how we ought to practice our association one with one another and show the concern we have for our neighbors,” Herbert said.

The Governor said now is the time for elected officials to meet with local health leaders to review data and formulate a local response to any noted growth in case numbers.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
11 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah’s COVID-19 numbers are down

The director of the World Health Organization said yesterday about COVID-19, “the end is in sight,” even if we are not there yet.
22 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURA UNGAR AP Science Writer

Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no

New booster shots have arrived and social distancing guidelines have eased but COVID-19 infections aren't going away anytime soon. Experts predict the scourge that's already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future as the virus continues to cause deaths and may well mutate or evolve into a new disease.
29 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

U.S. clears updated COVID-19 boosters targeting the newest omicron strain; shots could begin within days.
1 month ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Updated COVID-19 boosters likely available next month as ‘twindemic’ fears emerge

Concerns about a potential surge in COVID-19 and the flu at the same time this fall are emerging again. Each of the last two years, warnings about a so-called “twindemic” did not materialize, but this year could be different.
2 months ago
FILE: Davis School District....
Mike Anderson

Davis School District adds resources to handle COVID-19

The Davis School District is shifting their approach to COVID, putting more decisions in the hands of parents while getting more funds to help monitor the virus.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Utah Breaks Previous Record With 911 New COVID-19 Cases In One Day