Phlebotomist David Sagae checks a vial of saliva at an Intermountain Healthcare COVID-19 mobile testing site outside of Orem Community Hospital in Orem on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Friday marked the pandemic’s third largest daily increase of COVID-19 patients in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — For the second day in a row, Utah health officials reported nearly 1,500 new COVID-19 cases as well as eight additional deaths.
The 1,496 cases were confirmed out of 9,307 tests, with a 16.1% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is 1,224 per day, and the average positive test rate is 13.9%.
Friday marks the third-highest daily increase in new cases with just two fewer than were confirmed on Thursday.
The state also smashed its record hospitalizations on Friday, with 290 patients currently being treated for the disease — 32 more than Thursday. The previous record occurred on Wednesday, when 259 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.
The eight deaths reported Friday bring the state’s toll due to the disease to 537. They were five Utah County residents, one Salt Lake County resident, one Box Elder County resident and one Davis County resident.
This story will be updated throughout the day.
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News