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373 new COVID-19 cases reported in Utah, 1 new death

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Asher Hartt gets a COVID-19 test at Esperanza Elementary School in West Valley on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. The Utah Department of Health, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, the Utah National Guard and Esperanza Elementary School, invited the community to be tested for COVID-19, free of charge.

Asher Hartt gets a COVID-19 test at Esperanza Elementary School in West Valley on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The novel coronavirus pandemic claimed another life in Utah, with the Utah Department of Health reporting on Monday that a Salt Lake County man between the age of 65 and 84 succumbed to the virus while hospitalized.

Overall, 55,033 people in Utah have tested positive for the virus to date, with an increase of 373 new cases reported on Monday, according to the agency.

Utah County had the highest number of those cases Monday with 177 since Sunday. Salt Lake County reported 124 new coronavirus cases.

Nearly 700,000 people in Utah — 691,473 — have been tested since the pandemic took siege in March and testing statistics show some 3,008 additional people were screened Sunday for the virus that attacks the lungs and weakens immune systems.

The pandemic that has shut down the economy in many parts of the country, spurred face mask requirements and stoked intense national debates over precautionary measures is now responsible for 423 deaths in Utah and fears are mounting that it could increase due to school being back in session.

The good news, if there is some, is that across the state there are just 120 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 46,468 people are considered “recovered,” because they had a diagnosis of more than three weeks ago and survived.

To date, the state health agency is reporting the rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 414 per day. The rolling seven-day average for the percent of positive laboratory tests is 9.4%

There is hope that testing through saliva will expand knowledge of the virus’ penetration in Utah, with Utah’s ARUP Laboratories and the University of Utah Health announcing Saturday that the health care system is broadening options for potential virus victims.

Health officials say they believe the saliva testing is as accurate as nasal swabs.

Breakdown of new COVID-19 cases reported Monday by Utah health districts:

  • Utah County, 177
  • Salt Lake County, 124
  • Davis County, 22
  • Southwest Utah, 14
  • Weber-Morgan, 14
  • Tooele County, 10
  • Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 7
  • Summit County, 2
  • Central Utah, 2
  • San Juan County, 1
  • Wasatch County, 0
  • TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 0
  • Southeast Utah, 0