‘Grim news’: Utah smashes daily COVID-19 record by more than 500 cases

Amy Batchler, of Salt Lake City, hands her COVID-19 test to a medical assistant at a drive-thru test site in the parking lot of Rice Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

Amy Batchler, of Salt Lake City, hands her COVID-19 test to a medical assistant at a drive-thru test site in the parking lot of Rice Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

A record 2,807 new cases reported Thursday with 389 hospitalized, 7 new deaths

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported a record-smashing new daily high number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with 2,807 new cases added to the state’s ever-growing total number of infections.

That’s 515 more coronavirus cases than were reported when the record was broken less than a week ago on Oct. 30.

To date, more than 124,292 people in Utah have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“It’s grim news and it’s discouraging,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said during the weekly COVID-19 update at the state Capitol on Thursday. He said, however, that with the way things have been going, “it’s not unexpected” and is similar to what is happening around the country.

Millard County was moved from high transmission status to moderate after decreasing the daily average number of cases, as well as testing positivity rates there. Millard and Iron counties are now designated as moderate areas of transmission. Five other counties, including Rich, Daggett, Piute, Wayne and Kayne counties have currently low disease transmission levels.

The rest of the state is designated as high transmission areas, where masks are required and gatherings limited to 10 people or fewer.


In addition to a new daily case record, the latest rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,943 cases per day and a percent of positive laboratory tests is 19.5%, according to the health department.

There are 389 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, which is also the highest number yet. Intensive care units across the state are operating at 78.5% capacity, according to Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health.

She said the current surge of cases began in early August with high school and college students going back to class. Dunn said it is important to reduce the number of new cases before winter weather sets in.

“This is not a hoax,” Herbert said. “This is a serious ailment that creates a serious disease.”

This story will be updated throughout the day with more information.

Wendy Leonard

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