SALT LAKE CITY — Utah confirmed 661 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and one additional fatality, bringing the state’s death toll to 274.
Just over 6,000 tests for the novel coronavirus were reported Saturday, with a positive rate of 11%, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The latest death was a Davis County man between ages 65-84 who was a long-term care facility resident.
Saturday’s new cases follow a big increase on Friday, when the state reported 863 new cases, with six more deaths.
The spike pushes the seven-day rolling average to 615 cases, well above the 500-case average that Gov. Gary Herbert challenged Utahns to drop to by Aug. 1 — a week away. Earlier this month, Herbert said if the state doesn’t meet that goal, he could take “more aggressive action by the government” that could include a statewide mask mandate.
Total reported COVID-19 cases in the Beehive State are now 37,623 out of 500,139 people tested. About 94,000 of the state’s 594,012 total tests are individuals receiving multiple tests. The rolling, seven-day average positivity rate was 9.2%.
Utah currently has 202 people hospitalized with the novel coronavirus. The state’s intensive care units are 67.4% full, and nonintensive care units are 52.8% full.
About 24,300 of the state’s cases are considered recovered after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.
The latest breakdown of Utah cases, hospitalizations and deaths by health district:
- Salt Lake County, 17,966; 1,162 hospitalized; 156 deaths.
- Utah County, 7,098; 328 hospitalized; 31 deaths.
- Southwest Utah, 2,733; 150 hospitalized; 22 deaths.
- Davis County, 2,660; 150 hospitalized; 11 deaths.
- Weber-Morgan, 2,313; 141 hospitalized; 24 deaths.
- Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 2,078; 83 hospitalized; 5 deaths.
- Summit County, 663; 52 hospitalized; 1 death.
- San Juan County, 582; 74 hospitalized; 19 deaths.
- Wasatch County, 512; 20 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
- Tooele County, 481; 21 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
- Central Utah, 333; 19 hospitalized; 1 deaths.
- TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 134; 8 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
- Southeast Utah, 70; 5 hospitalized; 0 deaths.