Utah reports record 4,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

Jon O’Brien gets a COVID-19 test at a Utah National Guard Joint Task Force 97 mobile testing site in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. The Guard has approximately 275 service members mapping support for contact tracing, mobile testing, facility assessment and training, and warehouse operations.

Jon O’Brien gets a COVID-19 test at a Utah National Guard Joint Task Force 97 mobile testing site in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. The Guard has approximately 275 service members mapping support for contact tracing, mobile testing, facility assessment and training, and warehouse operations. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Plus 1,300 additional cases added from Friday after Utah Department of Health data system experiences glitch

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported a record 5,352 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and nine more deaths.

Saturday’s case count, however, was artificially high as it included about 1,300 cases that were confirmed Friday but didn’t make it into that day’s case count due to a technical issue with the Utah Department of Health’s data system, officials said.

But even with those 1,300 cases subtracted from the 5,352 cases added Saturday, the state marks a record of about 4,000 new cases. The previous record occurred on Thursday as 3,919 cases were reported.

The cases were confirmed out of 17,544 people tested, with a 30.5% positive rate. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 2,957 per day, and the average positive test rate is 23.6%.

On Saturday, 487 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah.

The deaths reported Saturday bring the state’s toll to 710. Six died while hospitalized: two Davis County women, one Washington County woman, one Washington County man, and one Utah County woman, all between 65 and 84, as well as a Salt Lake County man between 25 and 44.

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A Salt Lake County man between 45 and 64 and a Tooele County woman between 65 and 84 both died without hospitalization. A Summit County woman between 65 and 84 who died was a long-term care resident.

To date, 151,141 cases today have been confirmed out of 1,234,250 people tested in Utah. Hospitalizations since the outbreak first hit now total 6,676.

This story will be updated.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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