Friday COVID-19 Update: Another Summit County Death After Thanksgiving Break
After not reporting cases over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Utah Department of Health reported 6,142 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. Friday's numbers combine results that would have been announced on Thanksgiving day.
The Health Department also reported 15 additional COVID-19 deaths, including a Summit County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of his death. To date, 849 Utahns have died of the disease, including five from Summit County and 13 from Wasatch County.
Taken separately, Thursday's 3,800 cases and Friday's count of 2,300 actually indicate a decline in average case counts over the past several days.
The rolling seven-day average of positive tests has reduced to 2,764 per day, down from a high of 3,361 on November 22nd. The rolling 7-day average of positive laboratory tests is 21.3% .
Summit County reported 18 cases on Thursday and 23 on Friday. Wasatch County recorded 41 on Thursday and 26 on Friday and both counties mirror the state trend of a reduction in average case counts this week.
Governor Gary Herbert announced statewide health measures on November 8th, including a statewide mask mandate and a limit on social gatherings that occur outside of immediate households. The implementation of the health orders corresponds to the state's current reduction in case counts.
Despite a decrease in average case counts, hospitalizations and deaths remain high with 87% of statewide ICU beds now occupied.