Utah reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for 4th day in a row

Seth Christensen administers a COVID-19 test to Dennis Torres, 9, at a testing site run by the Salt Lake County Health Department at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

Seth Christensen administers a COVID-19 test to Dennis Torres, 9, at a testing site run by the Salt Lake County Health Department at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials again reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as well as five additional deaths in the state.

Of the 6,170 people tested since Saturday, 1,068 tested positive for the disease — a 17.2% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Sunday marks the fourth day in a row with more than 1,000 additional cases confirmed in Utah.

The rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 974 per day, and the average positive test rate is 13.9% Currently, 180 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, seven fewer than on Saturday. Hospitalizations in the state since the outbreak started now total 3,729.

The deaths reported Sunday were a Salt Lake County man between the ages of 25 and 44; a Salt Lake County man between 45-64; two Utah County men between 65-84; and a Utah County woman older than 85.

The men all died while hospitalized, while the woman was a long-term care resident. They bring the state’s death toll due to the disease to 453 people.

Now 70,615 cases have been confirmed of 811,249 people tested in Utah since the pandemic began, an overall positive rate of 8.7%.

About 54,200 of the state’s cases are considered recovered after surviving the three-week point since their diagnoses, meaning just under 16,000 cases remain active.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said 80 patients are currently hospitalized. That number is actually 180.

Ashley Imlay

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