New record high, over a million people tested, Utah reports 1,543 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Utah Department of Health reported a daily total of 1,543 additional cases of COVID-19 and 6 more deaths.

The state health department reported 1,004,286 Utahns had been tested for the virus. An increase of 10,291 people tested since yesterday.

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 1,288 per day. The rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 15.5%

Utah’s total positive cases of the virus are now 99,549 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state’s death toll due to the virus is 563.

There are 301 positive COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 4,880 hospitalized cases.

73,586 cases are considered “recovered.” A case with a diagnosis of more than three weeks ago, who has not passed away, is considered recovered. 

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.

Current Transmission Index Status: 21 Counties at high level of transmission

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