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One New Death, 877 New COVID-19 Cases, 171 Current Hospitalizations

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – According to the Utah Department of Health, 877 new COVID-19 cases were recorded Wednesday – and the continuing surge has pushed the state’s seven-day average for percent of positive lab tests to over 14%.

Officials also reported one new death.

The rolling-seven day average for positive tests is 876 per day. The state has tested 775,858 people so far, and 65,921 of those tests returned positive. There have been a total of 993,246 tests administered.

There are currently 171 patients hospitalized with the virus, 65 of which are in intensive care units. Another 19 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. UDOH reports 51% of all non-ICU beds and 68% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied.

 

There has been a steady increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since Sept. 15. Hospitals were seeing a decline from the 213 hospitalizations that were reported eight weeks ago.

A total of 444 Utahns have died from the virus. On Wednesday, the state reported the death of a Salt Lake County woman who was older than 85 and was not hospitalized at the time of death.

More than 52,000 cases are being considered as recovered, meaning those patients received a positive diagnosis more than three weeks ago and they have not died.

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