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With 2,517 new coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday, Utah’s rate of new diagnoses and hospitalizations continued to rise to unprecedented levels.
For the past week, the state has averaged more than 2,500 new positive test results a day, continuing a streak of new record highs, the Utah Department of Health reported — and Tuesday’s high comes despite the fact that there are generally lower case numbers on Mondays and Tuesdays, due to less testing and delays on the weekends.
Utah’s death toll from the coronavirus stood at 672 on Tuesday, with 11 fatalities reported since Monday:
- Two Wasatch County women, ages 65 to 84.
- A Salt Lake County man, age 45 to 64.
- A Salt Lake County man, older than 85.
- A Davis County man, age 65 to 84.
- A Utah County man, age 45 to 64.
- A Utah County man, older than 85.
- A Washington County man, age 65 to 84.
- A Salt Lake County man, age 25 to 44.
- A Utah County man, age 65 to 84.
- A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85.
Hospitalizations held steady Tuesday, with 435 Utah patients concurrently admitted, UDOH reported. On average, 411 patients have been receiving treatment in Utah hospitals each day for the past week — a figure that has risen continuously since early October.
In total, 6,284 Utahns have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, up a record 122 patients from Monday. More than 600 Utahns have been hospitalized in the last week alone.
For the past week, 21.9% of all tests have come back positive — a record-high rate that indicates a large number of infected people are not being tested, state officials have said. Statewide, Utah’s rate of positive tests has been above 5% since May 25, according to UDOH data.
There were nearly 13,000 new test results reported on Tuesday.
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