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Another 629 test positive for COVID-19 in Utah Sunday, plus 3 more deaths

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Registered nurse Beth Ann Friel sanitizes her hands at a COVD-19 test center at Intermountain Healthcare’s Salt Lake Clinic on Friday, July 10, 2020. Officials from Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, MountainStar Healthcare and Steward Health Care fear that if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, they will no longer be able to effectively manage all the patients.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported another day of more than 600 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and three more deaths.

Of 7,706 tests results reported Sunday — a higher number than on most weekends — 629 were positive, a rate of about 8.2%, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Although rumors have swirled on social media that now the state is including cases that are “assumed positive” rather than confirmed through tests in its totals, that is not true, according to Charla Haley, spokeswoman with the Utah Department of Health. The daily new cases only include those confirmed through lab tests, she said.

Now 29,484 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus out of 413,352 who have been tested in Utah since the pandemic hit the state, for a 7.1% overall positive rate.

Most of the state is now seeing a high rate of new cases, according to state health department data. The only areas seeing between zero to moderately high case numbers are Emery, Daggett, Uintah and Carbon counties, as well as Richfield, Monroe and Salina in Sevier County and the Sanpete Valley.

The seven-day daily average of new cases is now 664, health officials said, and the percentage of positive lab tests over the past week is 10.1%.

Current hospitalizations are continuing to creep up, with 209 now hospitalized with the virus compared to 203 on Saturday and 182 on Friday. Utah’s intensive care units are now 70.3% occupied and its non-ICUs are 52.2% occupied. Of the state’s 1,300 ventilators 193 are in use.

More than 700 of the state’s 1,824 people who have required hospitalization are between the ages of 45-64, while about 450 are between ages 65-84, and about 450 between the ages of 25-44, according to state data. About 50% have underlying health conditions.

The latest deaths were a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized when she died; a Utah County man between 25-44 who was hospitalized when he died; and a Garfield County woman between the ages of 65 and 84 who was also hospitalized.

They bring the state’s death toll from the disease to 215.

About 17,300 Utahns are now considered recovered from the coronavirus after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.

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

  • Salt Lake County, 14,609; 986 hospitalized; 130 deaths.
  • Utah County, 5,369; 269 hospitalized; 28 deaths.
  • Southwest Utah, 2,069; 122 hospitalized; 18 deaths.
  • Davis County, 1,846; 107 hospitalized; 6 deaths.
  • Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 1,777; 68 hospitalized; 3 deaths.
  • Weber-Morgan, 1,558; 105 hospitalized; 14 deaths.
  • Summit County, 584; 49 hospitalized; 1 death.
  • San Juan County, 477; 60 hospitalized; 11 deaths.
  • Wasatch County, 456; 20 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
  • Tooele County, 346; 15 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Central Utah, 270; 17 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 69; 5 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Southeast Utah, 54; 1 hospitalized; 0 deaths.