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Utah confirms fewer COVID-19 cases Sunday than previous 4 days

Medical assistants with University of Utah Health test people for COVID-19 during a drive-thru testing event at Centro Cívico Mexicano in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 15, 2020. The Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health, the University of Utah Wellness Bus, the Salt Lake County Health Department and Comunidades Unidas, organized the free testing for people with no insurance. Organizers hoped to test 100 people.
Medical assistants with University of Utah Health test people for COVID-19 during a drive-thru testing event in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported a smaller rise in new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as compared to the previous four record days, with 268 confirmed.

As of Sunday, 2,802 more people received tests, of which there was a 9.6% positive rate — down from an 18.5% positive rate out of the 2,952 tests reported on Saturday, according to data released by the Utah Department of Health.

Saturday brought the state’s daily record in new confirmed cases, with 546.

Ten new patients Sunday required hospitalization for the novel coronavirus, but the total number of current hospitalizations Sunday was 118, just two more than on Saturday.

The largest rises in cases occurred in Salt Lake County, which confirmed 96 more; Utah County with 78 new cases; and Southwest Utah district with 32.

While the Bear River health district — which covers Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties — saw a jump in new cases over the past week after an outbreak was confirmed at a meat packaging facility in Logan, the area confirmed just 25 new cases on Sunday.

New Utah COVID-19 cases over the past week:

  • Sunday, May 31: 264 new cases
  • Monday, June 1: 202
  • Tuesday, June 2: 203
  • Wednesday, June 3: 295
  • Thursday, June 4: 316
  • Friday, June 5: 439
  • Saturday, June 6: 546
  • Sunday June 7: 268

The state’s overall positive rate has risen to 5.1% of the 237,951 people tested.

No new deaths were reported Sunday, leaving the state’s death toll due to coronavirus at 121.

The new cases bring Utah’s total since the outbreak began to 12,066, of which 7,108 patients are considered recovered after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.

Long-term care facilities

Recent data from the Utah Department of Health shows that additional long-term care facilities, where 52 of Utah’s fatalities related to COVID-19 have occurred, are now facing outbreaks of the disease.

Canyon Creek Assisted Living in Cottonwood Heights; Sandy Health and Rehab; Heritage Park Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Roy; and the William E. Christofferson Salt Lake Veterans Home are dealing with outbreaks with more than five active cases.

Meanwhile, 10 more facilities along the Wasatch Front are fighting outbreaks with under five cases each, according to the state health department.

In Utah, 260 health care workers and 295 patients at long-term care facilities have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The latest breakdown of Utah cases, hospitalizations and deaths by health district:

  • Salt Lake County, 6,182; 521 hospitalized; 81 deaths.
  • Utah County, 2,261; 115 hospitalized; 17 deaths.
  • Southwest Utah, 616; 51 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
  • Davis County, 549; 50 hospitalized; 2 deaths.
  • Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 732; 24 hospitalized; 2 deaths.
  • Summit County, 434; 40 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Weber-Morgan, 387; 39 hospitalized; 8 deaths.
  • Wasatch County, 330; 15 hospitalized; 2 deaths.
  • San Juan County, 333; 32 hospitalized; 5 deaths.
  • Tooele County, 148; 9 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Central Utah, 46; 3 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Southeast Utah, 26; 0 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 22; 1 hospitalized; 0 deaths.