Cases rocket up: Utah reports record 2,807 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, seven new deaths


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – On Thursday, Nov 5, the Utah Department of Health reported a daily total of 2,807 additional cases of COVID-19, seven new deaths, and a record number of Utahns hospitalized.

The state health department reported 1,125,606 Utahns had been tested for the virus. An increase of 13,620  people tested since yesterday.

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 1,943 per day. The rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 19.5%

Utah’s total positive cases of the virus are now 124,292 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state’s death toll due to the virus is 632.

There are 389 positive COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized. Total hospitalizations from the beginning of the outbreak are 5,830

COVID-19 Transmission Index:

The state of Utah has defined their new transmission index guidance system see the new information below:

The COVID-19 Transmission Index is a balanced approach intended to protect communities. It represents the collaborative work of state and local public health officials, the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, the hospital industry, and business leaders.

The transmission index clarifies the public health metrics used to determine which counties are placed in which transmission level. Counties will be placed in one of three transmission levels: High, Moderate, or Low. These levels correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.

Data will be analyzed weekly; counties will be placed into a transmission level depending solely on what information their data shows. Changes from a lower level to a higher level may occur weekly. Changes from a higher level to a lower level may occur every 14 days at minimum when thresholds are met.

Transmission area map 11-05
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