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With 3,395 new coronavirus cases reported on Saturday, Utah’s new diagnosis rate fell slightly, but hospitalizations reached new records.
The Utah Department of Health on Saturday reported a seven-day average of 3,229 new positive results per day – down from a high of 3,331 on Friday, but well above the 2,200 new daily cases that the state averaged two weeks ago.
The death toll from the Koran virus in Utah rose to 787 on Saturday, with 14 deaths reported since Friday:
- Woman Three Salt County County, aged 25 to 44, 65 to 84 years and over 85 years.
- Two Weber County men, one aged 65 to 84 and one over 85.
- Man Four Salt Lake County, aged 65 to 84 years.
- A man from Utah, over 85 years old.
- A Wasatch County man, aged 65 to 84 years.
- An Emery County man, aged 65 to 84 years.
- A man from Washington County, aged 45 to 64.
- A man from Seville, aged 65 to 84 years.
A record 551 patients in Utah were admitted to hospitals simultaneously on Saturday, the UDOH reported.
A total of 7,458 patients have been treated in Utah for COVID-19, 782 of them last week.
Last week, 23.7% of all tests came back positive – a figure that shows a large number of infected people are not being tested, state officials said.
The highest rates of new cases per capita were in Sevier, Garfield, Utah and Cache counties, where more than one in 65 people have tested positive for the virus in the past two weeks – meaning their cases are considered “active”. And Wasatch, Salt Lake, Morgan and Washington counties report that more than one in 75 residents have tested positive in the past two weeks.
Among the 98 “small areas” in Utah used by government officials to monitor health data, the highest rates remain in the northern Orem neighborhood, where at least one in 38 people have an active infection.
16,270 new test results were reported on Saturday, above the weekly average of about 13,900 new tests per day.
This story will be updated.