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Coronavirus: Sunday brings Utah 785 new cases, no additional deaths reported

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COVID-19 testing is performed at Intermountain Healthcare’s Taylorsville Clinic in Taylorsville on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah confirmed 785 more cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday and no additional deaths.

The new cases were reported as 6,582 people received tests, for a 12% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. They bring the state’s total since the pandemic began to 34,117 confirmed COVID-19 cases of 462,822 lab tests recorded, a 7.4% positive rate.

On Sunday, 200 people were hospitalized with the disease in Utah compared to 185 on Saturday. The state’s intensive care units are now 65.1% full, and nonintensive units are 50.5% full. Just over 2,000 patients have required hospital care for the coronavirus since the pandemic hit Utah.

The largest case increases Sunday occurred in Salt Lake County, where 347 were confirmed — marking the first in several days when the county confirmed more than 300 new cases — as well as Utah County, where 139 were confirmed; Davis County with 76; Southwest Utah with 68; and Weber-Morgan with 49.

Utah’s current seven-day average for daily new cases is 637 and the positive rate of tests is 10%.

No new deaths were reported Sunday, leaving the state’s death toll at 243.

Of Utah’s fatalities, the majority have been between ages 65-84, according to data from the state health department, with 115 deaths in that age range. In the 45-64 age range, 61 people have died, and 10 people ages 25-44 in Utah have died. Those over age 85 account for 55 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths.

While the state’s death rate now stands at 0.71% of all confirmed cases, those 85 and older who test positive for the disease have a 17.5% chance of dying with it, according to state data.

Nearly 21,000 of Utah’s cases are considered recovered after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.

As of last week, the state is including antigen test results in its daily case counts. Like the PCR test, which previously provided the only results included in the state’s totals, the antigen test is given through a nasal swab and detects a COVID-19 protein, but returns results faster, state health officials said. Antibody, or serology, tests — which detect past infections — are not included in the state’s totals.

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

  • Salt Lake County, 16,523; 1,091 hospitalized; 136 deaths.
  • Utah County, 6,287; 298 hospitalized; 30 deaths.
  • Southwest Utah, 2,437; 130 hospitalized; 21 deaths.
  • Davis County, 2,325; 133 hospitalized; 7 deaths.
  • Weber-Morgan, 2,054; 124 hospitalized; 21 deaths.
  • Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 1,933; 75 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
  • Summit County, 635; 51 hospitalized; 1 death.
  • San Juan County, 533; 65 hospitalized; 19 deaths.
  • Wasatch County, 489; 20 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
  • Tooele County, 434; 19 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Central Utah, 306; 19 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 103; 7 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Southeast Utah, 58; 1 hospitalized; 0 deaths.