SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – On Monday, Sept. 14, the Utah Department of Health reports 563 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state and three more deaths
Utah’s total positive cases of the virus are 58,438 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The state health department reported 721,682 Utahns have been tested for the virus. An increase of 4,809 people tested since yesterday.
The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 487 per day. The rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 9.8%
The state’s death toll due to the virus is now 436.
Dr. Angela Dunn stated:
“We are experiencing a clear upward trend in case counts right now. This trend is being driven, in large part, by an increase in cases among college-aged young adults in Utah County.
Since last Friday, 39% of all new cases have come from Utah County, this despite the fact that Utah County’s population represents just 20% of the state’s population. Most of these cases are among 14-24-year-olds, and the majority of those are among college-aged young adults.
Colleges across the state, and specifically in Utah County, have acted proactively to implement solid prevention measures on their campuses. They need help from their students to act responsibly while off-campus. What students do off-campus has a direct impact on a school’s ability to safely operate its campus.
People should avoid large, indoor gatherings where physical distancing is not possible. They should wear face coverings in public, they should stay home if they are sick, and they need to follow quarantine and isolation instructions from public health.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 3,338 hospitalized cases. There are 134 positive COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized.
48,934 of our cases, are considered “recovered”. A case with a diagnosis date of more than three weeks ago, who has not passed away, is considered recovered.
For a closer look at hospitalization and mortality, records click the link.
Utah is now tracking COVID-19 outbreaks at its long-term care facilities. More than 200 facilities across the state are impacted by the virus. The outbreaks in the facilities are across Utah, including recent outbreaks at long-term care facilities in St. George.
Utah’s coronavirus dashboard now includes information on various outbreaks in the state. An outbreak is defined by two or more cases associated with a setting outside of the household within 14 days.
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.