Utah confirms 1,343 new COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths Friday

Haddy Herring checks to see if she’s collected enough saliva for COVID-19 testing at an Intermountain Healthcare COVID-19 mobile testing site outside of Orem Community Hospital in Orem on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

Haddy Herring checks to see if she’s collected enough saliva for COVID-19 testing at an Intermountain Healthcare COVID-19 mobile testing site outside of Orem Community Hospital in Orem on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s COVID-19 surge does not appear to be abating as health officials reported another 1,343 cases on Friday.

The new cases were confirmed out of 9,026 tests, with a 14.9% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 1,148 per day, and the average positive test rate is 13.8%.

Currently, 243 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, six more than were hospitalized on Thursday. Total hospitalizations from the beginning of the outbreak are 4,220.

Four more deaths were also reported Friday — a Salt Lake County man and woman, both of whom were older than 85 and residents in long-term care facilities; and a Davis County man and Salt Lake County man, both between 65 and 84 who were hospitalized when they died.

They bring the state’s death toll due to COVID-19 to 505.

Now 83,290 cases have been confirmed out of 901,048 people tested in Utah since the pandemic began — a 9.2% positive rate. About 4,220 cases have required hospitalization in the state.

About 61,300 of Utah’s cases are considered recovered after surviving the three-week point since their diagnoses, meaning about 21,500 cases remain active.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

Ashley Imlay

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