UTAH, Sept. 25, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Department of Health on Friday reported four more deaths and a record-breaking 1,411 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
The Utahns who died were:
- A Weber County man between ages 65 and 84, hospitalized at time of death
- A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85 and a resident in a long-term care facility
- An Iron County woman between ages 65 and 84, hospitalized at time of death
- A Washington County man between ages 64 and 85, a resident of a long-term care facility
Total known COVID-19 deaths in Utah now stand at 448.
The confirmation of 1,411 more positive cases brings Utah’s cumulative total to 68,530. The previous record for confirmed positive cases — 1,198 — was set just 24 hours earlier on Thursday.
The Utah Department of Health released the following statement with Friday numbers:
“Today, we see yet another record setting day for COVID-19 in our state. For the first time, we’ve hit more than 10,000 tests reported in a 24-hour period. Testing is a critical component of our response and helps us understand the spread of the virus in our communities. With more than 70 testing locations operating across the state, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 can and should get tested. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, or a decrease in the sense of taste or smell.
“Unfortunately, today we also see a record number of new cases being reported which has primarily been driven by an increase of cases among young people. We expect these increases will also spill over to other age groups and the data indicates this is starting to happen.
“We are responding to the spike in COVID-19 cases by releasing a public awareness campaign, Ronalert!, for 15- to 24-year-olds. The campaign encourages our young people to make choices that we know help stop the spread of COVID-19 – wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing your hands, and staying home when you are sick or have tested positive. More information on the campaign can be found at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/rona.”
COVID-19 tests conducted in Utah stand at 795,217. Of those, 10,242 tests were performed in the past 24 hours.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 960 per day. The rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 14%.
Currently, 184 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Total hospitalizations from the beginning of the outbreak are 3,668.
Patients classified as recovered, defined as still living three weeks after diagnosis, stand at 53,360. It is common for patients to die of coronavirus more than three weeks after diagnosis.
To see the numbers broken down by area of the state, check the chart below.