The department now estimates there are 9,237 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 522, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 10.6%.
This is the first time the rolling average has been over 500 cases per day since late July. Gov. Gary Herbert had set a goal to see that statistic below 500 by Aug. 1, and the state met the goal. He set another goal of seeing the rolling average drop below 400 cases a day by Sept. 1, which the state met in mid-August.
However, Utah has regressed since then and has experienced another spike in cases in recent weeks, pushing the rolling average back above Herbert’s benchmarks.
The new numbers indicate a 1% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 725,612 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 8.1% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reports an increase of 3,930 tests conducted as of Tuesday.
There are currently 128 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, including 50 in intensive care unit, or ICU, beds across the state, according to the health department. About 66% of ICU beds in the state are occupied, while about 48% of non-ICU beds are filled, state data shows.
Tuesday’s totals give Utah 59,000 total confirmed cases, with 3,361 total hospitalizations and 436 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 49,327 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, state data shows.
There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Tuesday. Utah officials typically provide updates at news conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Correction:This story originally said the state had one new death Tuesday. It has been updated and corrected to show no deaths were reported.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after they are confirmed, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since Utah’s outbreak began, including those who are currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.
Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days prior to when they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be from even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.
The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths per the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.
Data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district’s website.
Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.