Utah reports lowest daily COVID-19 count in 2 months

Luis Espinoza, a third-grade teacher at Esperanza Elementary School, gets a COVID-19 test at Esperanza Elementary School in West Valley City on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. All faculty and employees who work at Esperanza Elementary School were asked to get tested in preparation for the school’s opening on Aug. 24. Any employees who get a positive test result will quarantine at home for two weeks with full pay. The Utah Department of Health, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City and Esperanza Elementary School, invited the community to be tested for COVID-19, free of charge.

Luis Espinoza, a third-grade teacher at Esperanza Elementary School, gets a COVID-19 test at Esperanza Elementary School in West Valley City on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. All faculty and employees who work at Esperanza Elementary School were asked to get tested in preparation for the school’s opening on Aug. 24. Any employees who get a positive test result will quarantine at home for two weeks with full pay. The Utah Department of Health, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City and Esperanza Elementary School, invited the community to be tested for COVID-19, free of charge. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported the lowest daily number of new COVID-19 cases in two months on Monday, as well as a decrease in hospitalizations.

Monday brought 242 new cases of the novel coronavirus out of 3,268 tests, with a 7.4% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The last day when fewer than 250 new cases were reported was on June 8.

Now, Utah has confirmed 46,894 cases since the pandemic began out of 601,795 people tested — an overall positive rate of 7.8%.

The rolling seven-day average for new cases is 354 per day, and the positive test rate is 9.6%. Currently, 139 patients in Utah are hospitalized with the disease, 25 fewer than on Sunday.

Two additional deaths due to the coronavirus were also reported Monday: a Salt Lake County woman between ages 65-84, and a Utah County man older than 85, both of whom were hospitalized when they died.

One death was removed from the state’s total for further investigation of its cause, health officials said. The state’s death toll now stands at 364.

Just over 38,000 of Utah’s cases are considered recovered after surviving the three-week point since their diagnoses.

This story will be updated.

Ashley Imlay

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