Sunday COVID-19 Update: Cases and Tests Both Decline With 1,722 New Cases in Utah
The Utah Department of Health reported 1,722 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. Although statewide cases are declining, those numbers could be deceiving.
Utah managed to dip below 2,000 cases in a day on Sunday with the Health Department only recording 1,722 new infections.
Summit County reported 10 and Wasatch County reported 17.
Although a lower number of new cases is good news, there were only 6,143 new tests administered since the last numbers were released on Saturday. 13,641 people were tested just one week ago.
The dip in testing and positive cases could easily be attributed to the Thanksgiving holiday. A rise in testing and subsequent spike in cases, if there is one, will likely not be seen until later in the week.
Utah’s rolling seven-day average for positive tests is now 2,354 per day and the seven-day average for positive laboratory tests is 21.4%.
The Health Department also reported five new deaths, all persons over the age of 65 and none from Summit or Wasatch County. To date, 868 Utahns have died from the disease.
There are 564 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and statewide ICU bed occupancy now sits at 84.5%.
A mask order is in place across the state until further notice.