Utah reports 495 new cases, 3 new deaths related to COVID-19

COVID-19 testing is performed at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, May 8, 2020. In an effort to help address COVID-19 hot spots that have been identifieda in Utah County, the Intermountain Healthcare Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit provided testing to area residents.

COVID-19 testing is performed at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, May 8, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported another 495 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, rounding off three weeks of significant daily increases.

The total number of people in Utah who have been infected with the novel coronavirus is now 15,839.

The state has tested 282,685 people with a 5.6% positivity rate.

An additional 18 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah since Wednesday. There are 150 people currently hospitalized with the virus.

The health department reports that the average age of people hospitalized with the virus in the state is 54 and nearly 30% of them are over age 65. At least 52% of people who are hospitalized in Utah have at least one preexisting condition that may or may not complicate their treatment for COVID-19.

The majority of Utahns infected with the virus are between the ages of 25 and 44, the health department reports, though COVID-19 has impacted people in every age group.

Three more deaths were reported in Utah Wednesday because of COVID-19, including a woman between the ages of 65 and 84 who was living at a long-term care facility in Salt Lake County; a San Juan County man between the ages of 45 and 64; and a man between ages 65 and 84 who was living in a long-term care facility in Washington County.

Since mid-March, 152 people in Utah have died from COVID-19.

In all, state health officials estimate at least 8,786 people in Utah have recovered from COVID-19.

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

  • Salt Lake County, 8,083; 630 hospitalized; 100 deaths.
  • Utah County, 2,861; 152 hospitalized; 19 deaths.
  • Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 1,126; 37 hospitalized; 2 deaths.
  • Southwest Utah, 919; 72 hospitalized; 9 deaths.
  • Davis County, 739; 59 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
  • Weber-Morgan, 588; 55 hospitalized; 9 deaths.
  • Summit County, 453; 41 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • San Juan County, 374; 38 hospitalized; 7 deaths.
  • Wasatch County, 368; 18 hospitalized; 2 deaths.
  • Tooele County, 184; 11 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Central Utah, 81; 6 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 33; 1 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Southeast Utah, 30; 0 hospitalized; 0 deaths.

This story will be updated.

Wendy Leonard