clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Another Utahn dies with coronavirus; cases surpass 7,000

Sophie Hunt gets tested for COVID-19 as she sits in the lap of her grandmother, Marilyn Benally, outside of the Monument Valley Health Center in Oljato-Monument Valley, San Juan County on Friday, April 17, 2020. The Navajo Nation has one of the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rates in the country.
Sophie Hunt gets tested for COVID-19 as she sits in the lap of her grandmother, Marilyn Benally, outside of the Monument Valley Health Center in Oljato-Monument Valley, San Juan County on Friday, April 17, 2020. The Navajo Nation has one of the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rates in the country.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — One more person has died with the new coronavirus in Utah, bringing the state’s death toll to 78, officials confirmed Saturday.

The latest fatality was described only as a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 18 and 59. Like the majority of the state’s deaths, she was a resident in a long-term care facility, according to the Utah Department of Health.

In Utah, 155 new cases were confirmed as 3,556 more tests were performed, bringing the total number of cases to 7,068. The positive rate stands at about 4.2% of the 166,774 who have now been tested.

More than half of those who tested positive are considered recovered after passing the three week point since diagnosis.

Utah’s “yellow,” or low-risk phase, went into effect Saturday for much of the state, allowing businesses to reopen and people to again gather in groups fewer than 50.

This story will be updated.