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Another 747 Utahs have tested positive for COVID-19 – the most in one day since Pioneer Day ̵
The state’s rolling seven-day average for new cases – the metric public health officials use to measure trends – rose up to 585 cases a day. A week ago, the average was 404 per. Day.
The percentage of positive test results nationwide was a record 11.1% on Wednesday, topping Tuesday’s record of 10.6%, UDOH said in its daily report.
An additional Utahn was added to the state’s death toll, bringing the number to 437 people. The person who died was a man in Salt Lake County, older than 85 years and not hospitalized at the time of his death.
UDOH has not reported as many cases in a single day since July 24, Pioneer Day, when the daily number was 863 cases. From June 25 to July 30, the average of seven days was over 500 cases a day, peaking at 669 a day on July 22nd.
Utah is currently experiencing a new increase in cases similar to what we saw earlier this summer, Dr. Angela Dunn, the state epidemiologist, in a statement.
Dunn reiterated that “we learned from our experience this summer that wearing masks and exercising physically, along with staying home when we are sick and washing our hands regularly, can help slow the spread of COVID-19. in our community.”
By taking these steps, Dunn said, “we can prevent unnecessary death and disease.”
An additional 4,119 tests for the virus were treated in the last 24 hours, UDOH reported. That’s well below the capacity of 7,000 tests a day, Utah’s labs were in processing this summer.
Utah County led the state in new cases and sent 309 on Wednesday a new one-day record for the county. That represents 41% of Wednesday’s new cases, though Utah County contains approx. 20% of the state’s population. Utah County’s seven-day rolling average of new cases is 226.7 per. Day.
Salt Lake County, the state’s most populous, recorded 272 of Wednesday’s new cases, most in a day since July 25 – in the midst of the summer wave. Salt Lake County’s seven-day average of new cases is 211.1 per. Day.
Since public schools began opening on August 13, there have been 48 outbreaks in schools affecting 293 patients, with a new outbreak and 48 new cases reported on the last day.
Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been 338 patients infected in 59 outbreaks in the school with a median age of 16. Nine of these patients have been admitted; no one is dead.
As of Wednesday, there were 115 people hospitalized in Utah with COVID-19, including 20 hospitalized since the previous day. Since the pandemic began, 3,381 Utahns have been hospitalized with COVID-19.
This story will be updated.