Dept. Of Health Reports 1,017 New Coronavirus Cases; No New Deaths

Sep 26, 2020, 12:41 PM | Updated: 1:15 pm
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FILE (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health reported over 1,000 new cases of coronavirus in the state for the third day. There were no new deaths.

The number of people hospitalized increased to 187.

Officials said there was an increase of 1,017 confirmed cases Saturday – a 10.3 percent rate of those tested. Tests were administered to 9,862 people.

The 7-day rolling average of daily cases was 951, with a rate of 13.8 percent.

Confirmed cases topped over a thousand for the third day in a row, and fourth time in 9 days. Numbers reported by health officials:

  • Saturday, Sept. 26: 1,017 cases
  • Friday, Sept. 25: 1,411 cases
  • Thursday, Sept. 24: 1,198 cases
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23: 877 cases
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22: 650 cases
  • Monday, Sept. 21: 847 cases
  • Sunday, Sept. 20: 835 cases
  • Saturday, Sept. 19: 796 cases
  • Friday, Sept. 18: 1,117 cases
  • Thursday, Sept. 17: 911 cases

Gov. Gary Herbert said much of the increase has come from Utah County – specifically the areas in Provo and Orem around Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.

In response to the increases, county leaders issued a mask mandate to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Health officials said 69,547 Utahns have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. Over 805,000 tests have been administered.

There were 187 people hospitalized with COVID-19 Saturday – an increase of 3 since Friday. Over 3,700 people have been hospitalized with the disease or to be treated for COVID-19 related illnesses.

More than 53,000 cases in Utah were considered to be “recovered,” meaning they have not passed away since testing positive more than three weeks ago.

There have been 448 COVID-19 related deaths in Utah.

The United States has surpassed 7 million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 203,000 people have died from COVID-related illnesses.

There have been 303,792 confirmed cases in the last 7 days.

The World Health Organization has reported over 34.4 million cases across the globe and 985,823 deaths.

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