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Record 4,588 Utahns Test Positive For COVID; 17 More Have Died

FILE: Employees at Spectrum Solutions assembles COVID-19 saliva test kits in Draper (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Seventeen more Utahns have died as a direct result of COVID-19, according to health officials.

On Friday, the state reported 4,588 more residents have tested positive for the virus, which is a new record for positive cases reported in a single day. However, the rolling seven-day average is staying relatively steady, hovering just below 24%.

Currently, 533 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized.

Testing

The Utah Department of Health reported that a total of 1,315,034 residents have been tested for COVID-19 so far, which is an increase of 18,378 people tested from yesterday.

Of those, a total of 170,584 have tested positive for the virus. That’s an increase of 4,588 cases from Thursday.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 3,331 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 23.6%.

Utah Department of Health

Hospitalizations

Currently, 533 people with COVID-19 are being treated in Utah hospitals, and 182 of those are in intensive care units.

The state’s ICUs are currently 89.3% full. The state’s threshold for quality care is 85% occupancy, which means Utah is “functionally out of staffed ICU beds, indicating an overwhelmed hospital system,” according to UDOH.

The 16 referral center ICUs are 93.8% full. Referral Centers are the hospitals in Utah with the capability to provide the best care for patients with COVID-19. Because most patients are transferred to these facilities, their utilization is the best reflection of the true hospital capacity in Utah when looking at ICU beds.

Utah Department of Health

Deaths

Authorities reported 17 more Utahns have lost their lives as a result of COVID-19. To date, 773 of the state’s residents have died because of the virus.

On Friday, the following Utahn’s deaths were reported:

  1. Male, between 45-64, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  2. Male, older than 85, Davis County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  3. Male, older than 85, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  4. Male, older than 85, Washington County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  5. Male, older than 85, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  6. Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  7. Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  8. Female, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  9. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  10. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  11. Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  12. Male, older than 85, San Juan County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  13. Female, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  14. Male, between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  15. Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  16. Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  17. Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Utah Department of Health

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.


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