10 More Utahs Die Of COVID-19; 1,854 New Confirmed Cases
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Another 10 Utahns have died of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 614 people. Health officials reported an increase of 1,854 coronavirus cases.
The latest numbers were released by the Utah Department of Health around 1 p.m. Sunday.
The additional cases brought the total number of Utahns infected with the virus to 116,510 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Utah Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 1,088,849 people have been tested in the Beehive State – an increase of 7,026 tests from Saturday and a 26.4 percent rate of positive cases.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 116,510 Utahns have tested positive for the virus. UDOH officials reported around 1.5 million tests have been administered.
Tests have been administered to some patients more than once, which was why the number of tests was greater than the number of people tested.
Officials said the rolling 7-day average for positive tests was 1,644 per day, with the percent of positive laboratory tests at 18.7 percent.
There were 342 people with a COVID-19 diagnosis receiving hospital care Saturday.
The Utah Department of Health announced 10 more Utahns have died as a direct result of COVID-19 since the last report on Saturday. A total of 614 residents have lost their lives due to the pandemic.
Box Elder County
Officials reported the death Box Elder County man between the ages of 65 to 84 who was a long-term care facility.
The death brought the total reported by the Bear River Health Department at 19. The department covers Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties.
A man from Carbon County between the ages of 65 to 84 was hospitalized at the time of his death.
It was the sixth coronavirus-related death reported by the Southeast Utah Health Department, which covers Carbon, Grand and Emery counties.
Officials in Davis County reported the death of a woman between the ages of 65 to 84 who was living in a long-term care facility. As of Sunday, the number of COVID-related deaths in the county was 43.
Salt Lake County
Five men have died since Saturday from COVID-19 in Salt Lake County. Two were older than 85 – one of whom was a resident of a long-term care facility. The other man had been hospitalized for treatment.
Two of the men were between the ages of 65 to 84. One was a long-term care facility resident and the other was hospitalized at the time.
Another man between the ages of 45 to 64 died as a result of contracting the coronavirus. He had been hospitalized.
Health officials reported 313 people have died in Salt Lake County.
Two men in Utah County also succumbed to COVID-19. One was between the ages of 65 to 84 and hospitalized. The other was older than 85 and a long-term care facility resident.
To date, 83 people have died of COVID-19 in Utah County.
Over 9 million people have tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Saturday, 229,109 people have died of complications with COVID-19.
The World Health Organization reported just under 46 million people have contracted the virus, with 1.2 million deaths.
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- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
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