SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) — On Thursday, Oct. 15, the Utah Department of Health reported a daily total of 1,498 additional cases of COVID-19 and 5 more deaths.
The state health department reported 948,002 Utahns had been tested for the virus. An increase of 7,315 people tested since yesterday.
The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 1,204 per day. The rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 13.9%
Utah’s total positive cases of the virus are now 90,461 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The state’s death toll due to the virus is 529.
There are 258 positive COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 4,511 hospitalized cases.
66,683 of our 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:
Tuesday the state of Utah 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.