Utah’s COVID-19 related deaths surpass 100, 4 more announced Wed.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)-Four more coronavirus related deaths were announced in Utah Wednesday, bringing the total to 105.

Public health officials announced 99 new cases of coronavirus in Utah Wednesday for a total of 8,706 reported COVID-19 cases.

There have been 716 people hospitalized since the state started tracking the virus, 20 more than Tuesday. There are 96 patients with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, officials said Wednesday.

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 27th:

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.

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.

RELATED: What is Utah’s transmission rate? Is it expected to rise?

As of May 27, a total of  200,626 people have been tested for COVID-19 by public labs in the state. So far 5,499 *** 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.

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 https://coronavirus.utah.gov/.

May 27, 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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