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3K Test Positive For COVID-19, 8 More Utahns Have Died

People line up in their cars as members of the Utah National Guard give COVID-19 swab tests at the Utah County Health Department on November 20, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Governor called up the National Guard to assist in COVID-19 testing and tracing as Utah has seen a large spike in positive tests the last several months. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials on Friday reported 3,005 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19, and eight additional residents have died as a result of the virus.

Currently, 587 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized.

The state’s percent of positive tests is now above 25%.

Testing

The Utah Department of Health reported a total of 1,470,973 people have been tested so far. That’s an increase of 16,129 tests from Thursday’s report.

Of those people, a total of 209,170 have tested positive for COVID-19, which is an increase of 3,005 cases from yesterday.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 2,728 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is now 25.2%

Utah Department of Health

Hospitalizations

There are currently 587 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 203 of those patients are in intensive care units. Another 16 patients are currently hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

Utah’s ICUs are functionally full right now at 85.9%. The state has enough health care workers to provide quality care up to 85% occupancy.

The state’s 16 referral center ICU beds are 89.7% 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

Officials announced eight more of Utah’s residents have died as a direct result of COVID-19. To date, 925 Utahns have died because of the virus.

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

Five Males:

  • older than 85, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized
  • between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized
  • between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized

Three females:

  • older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized
  • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized

Utah Department of Health

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

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