Phlebotomist David Sagae handles 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
Rolling seven-day average nears 1,200 for first time
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported another 1,354 COVID-19 cases and five more deaths on Saturday.
The cases were confirmed out of 11,846 people tested, an 11.4% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average also reached an all-time high for the state on Saturday at 1,187, and the average positive test rate is 13.7%.
Currently, 231 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 12 fewer than were hospitalized on Friday. Eighty-nine of those patients are in some of the state’s nearly 600 intensive care unit beds, which are 70.3% full. Nonintensive care units are 54% full with coronavirus patients and others.
About 240 of the state’s nearly 1,300 invasive ventilators are in use. For most of the pandemic, the number of ventilators in use had lingered between 190-200 each day.
Salt Lake County reported its second-highest daily increase in cases, with 602. Central Utah — which is also seeing an ongoing spike in cases — confirmed its new daily record with 31 new cases.
The five deaths reported Saturday bring the state’s death toll due to the disease to 510. Utah’s death rate of confirmed cases has fallen to 0.6%.
Three of the latest deaths were between ages 65-84 — a Salt Lake County man who was hospitalized when he died; a man from southeast Utah, who was not hospitalized when he died; and a Washington County woman who was hospitalized when she died. A Utah County man and Salt Lake County woman, both older than 85, also died while hospitalized.
Now 84,644 cases have been confirmed in Utah of 912,894 people tested since the start of the pandemic, with an overall positive rate of 9.3%. About 21,700 of those cases remain active with a diagnoses date less than three weeks ago. About 4,300 cases have required hospitalization for the disease in Utah since the outbreak started.
New COVID-19 cases reported Saturday by health district:
Salt Lake County, 602.
Utah County, 334.
Davis County, 113.
Southwest Utah, 75.
Bear River, 63.
Central Utah, 31.
Summit County, 14.
Tooele County, 16.
Wasatch County, 10.
Southeast Utah, 8.
TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 7.
San Juan County, 4.
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