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Utah reports 2,043 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths Saturday

Lab technicians verify the information on COVID-19 test specimens at Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.
Lab technicians verify the information on COVID-19 test specimens at Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported another 2,043 COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths on Saturday.

The new cases were confirmed out of 7,443 people tested, with a 27.4% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 2,575 per day, and the average positive test rate is 21.4%.

While the seven-day average has fallen since it reached above 3,000 cases earlier this week, it’s too early to tell if the state is seeing a decline in cases as testing facilities were closed on Thursday, and some are running with reduced hours over the holiday weekend.

Utah continues to rank among states with the highest infection rates, at 10th highest with 87.9 cases per 100,000 people within the last two weeks. Each county in Utah has confirmed a rate of disease considered very high within the last two weeks by the state health department.

On Saturday, 573 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, which is four more than were hospitalized the previous day. Intensive care units throughout the state were 81.7% full, and referral ICUs that can treat the most serious patients were 85.1% full.

The deaths reported Saturday bring the state’s toll to 863. They were:

  • Washington County man, between 25-44, not hospitalized at time of death.
  • Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, long-term care facility resident.
  • Weber County woman, 25-44, unknown if hospitalized.
  • Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • Davis County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • Salt Lake County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • Washington County man, older than 85, not hospitalized.
  • Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • Washington County man, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.
  • Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • Weber County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.

To date, 192,087 cases have been confirmed out of 1,412,084 people tested in Utah, with a 13.6% positive rate. About 130,000 cases are estimated to be recovered after surviving the three-week point since their diagnoses. Hospitalizations since the pandemic began now total 8,029.