Current COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record high of nearly 300 in Utah

Nurses Polly Crookston and Daniel Salas Jimenez work at a new COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The testing site is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Appointments are required.

Nurses Polly Crookston and Daniel Salas Jimenez work at a new COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The testing site is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Appointments are required. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Saturday marked another big day for new coronavirus cases as Utah health officials reported an increase of 1,340 cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is now 1,222 per day while the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 14%.

Current hospitalizations also reached 298 — the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

The deaths reported Saturday bring the state’s toll to 540. They were: a Davis County man older than 85 who was not hospitalized when he died; a Salt Lake County woman older than 85 who was a long-term care resident; and a Carbon County man between 65-84, who was hospitalized when he died.

Now 93,297 cases have been confirmed in Utah of 966,451 people tested since the outbreak hit, a 9.7% positive rate. About 69,100 cases are considered recovered after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

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