Largest single-day increase: 343 new cases, 1 more COVID-19 related death

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- On Friday 343 new cases of COVID-19 were announced, a 3.8% increase from Thursday. (May 28th) Representing the state’s largest single day increase, but Dr. Angela Dunn said. “While 343 new cases is the largest, single-day increase we have reported since the beginning of this outbreak, I would caution against jumping to conclusions on what this particular data point might mean. One day does not make a trend. “

1 more death, which brings Utah’s total to 107.

The state now has 205,855 people tested, an increase of 2348 from Thursday’s report.

“This increase could partially be explained by the lull we experienced in testing over the holiday weekend. It could also be that we are experiencing an actual uptick in cases, including in localized areas that are experiencing outbreaks, such as in the Salt Lake Veteran’s Nursing Home.”

Dr. Angela Dunn

Note: The numbers on the data dashboard will look like our deaths only increased by one, state health officials say this is because one of the deaths from yesterday (a long-term care facility resident) was removed from the total count and is being further investigated.

753 people have been hospitalized since the state started tracking the virus, 19 more than Thursday There are 101 patients with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, officials reported Friday.

For a closer look at hospitalization and mortality records click the link.

RELATED: Here’s Utah’s latest plan to deal with the pandemic, Utah Leads Together 3.0

A look at cases county by county on May 28th:

May 29th, 2020

Utah now is tracking COVID-19 outbreaks at its long-term care facilities. More than 100 facilities across the state are impacted by the virus. During a press conference on Thursday, it was announced that 41 residents and 17 employees at a Salt Lake VA home tested positive for the virus.

The following cities or counties are still in the state’s “orange/moderate” risk phase, the rest of Utah is in the”yellow/ low-risk” phase of reopening:

  • Grand County
  • Salt Lake City
  • West Valley City
  • Magna

Click the link for more on what the yellow phase of reopening will look like.

Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order May 28th updating guidelines for the low health risk designation under Utah’s phased health guidance plan.

As of May 28, a total of  203,507 people have been tested for COVID-19 by public labs in the state. So far 5,623*** people have recovered from the virus, according to the Utah Department of Health.

If you have any of the following six symptoms, you should seek testing:

  1. fever
  2. cough
  3. shortness of breath
  4. sore throat
  5. muscle aches
  6. loss of taste or smell

The state’s checking, contact tracing app is designed to help Utahns slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more about the app, “Healthy Together” here.

There is a need for blood donations. The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a community blood drive next week.

Flatten the curve

Utah public health officials say the “epidemic curve status” looks at how the trend in cases is changing over time and assigns a trend category to each day, based on whether the three-day daily average of cases is increasing, staying stable, or decreasing. Find more info at

May 29, 2020

*The actual number of people tested for COVID-19 in Utah is considerably higher than the numbers in this report because some large private laboratories are not yet reporting negative results to public health.

**Case data: As of 4/15, case data are displayed by the both the date the first positive laboratory result (FPLR) is reported to public health and the self-reported symptom onset date. Previously this was reported by the first day a person was reported (through laboratory results or contact tracing) to public health. The FPLR date will provide a more stable estimate of the new cases reported to public health, however, there will be small differences in cases by date as public health receives additional information. Onset date is taken preferentially from the following dates when available: 1) self-reported date of first symptoms, 2) date diagnosed by a clinician, 3) date first positive specimen was collected, 4) first report to public health. The actual number of cases in Utah is higher than what is reported due to mild cases not feeling ill enough to seek care, clinician judgement for testing, and expanding laboratory capacity.

*** The number of recovered persons is estimated by the number of cases whose first posititve laboratory test was reported at least 21 days ago, excluding deaths.

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