Utah reports 827 new coronavirus cases Monday – Salt Lake Tribune

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With 827 new coronavirus cases reported on Monday, Utah’s rate of new diagnoses continued to rise, passing 1,000 for the first time.

For the past week, the Utah Department of Health has tallied 1,001 new positive test results per day on average — continuing a streak of new record highs that began earlier this month as cases surged among young adults.

Since late August, the rate of new cases among patients ages 15 to 24 has more than tripled, from 98 new cases per day to 342 new cases per day. During the first week of September the age group overtook 25- to 44-year-olds as Utah’s biggest contributor of new cases, despite comprising a far smaller portion of the state’s population.

But the group’s share of new infections began to drop last week as cases among the state’s other age groups began to rise sharply, about two weeks after the initial spike among teens and college-age adults. For the past week, with the average number of new cases per capita rising most rapidly among Utahns ages 25 to 44, and — with potentially deadly consequences — among those over 85.

The virus continued to spread quickly in Utah County, which recorded 356 new cases Monday — the most of any county in the state. For the past seven days, Utah County has averaged 67 new cases a day per 100,000 people, more than double the statewide average of 31.

Brigham Young University, which has experienced the worst campus outbreak since fall term began, reported 1,328 cases as of Saturday, up from 1,272 cases as of Friday. Utah Valley University reported 233 cases as of Friday, up from 198 the week before.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake County tallied 295 new cases on Monday, with a seven-day average of 32 new daily cases per 100,000 people.

Utah’s death toll from the coronavirus stood at 453 on Monday, same as Sunday.

Hospitalizations were down slightly, with 167 Utah patients concurrently admitted, UDOH reported. On average, 177 patients have been receiving treatment in Utah hospitals each day for the past week — continuing a two-week increase, but still below the peak average of 211 patients hospitalized each day at the end of July.

Utah’s intensive care units were 64.6% occupied as of Monday, meeting the state’s goal of less than 85% occupancy.

In total, 3,757 patients have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, up 28 from Sunday.

The percent of tests with positive results was at 14% — a rate that indicates a large number of infected people are not being tested, state officials say.

Statewide, Utah’s rate of positive tests have been above 5% since May 25, according to UDOH data.

There were 6,212 new test results reported on Monday, below the weeklong average of 7,916 new tests per day.

State health officials on Monday updated how they report school-related cases, showing totals by district and by age.

There were 1,955 cases linked to school outbreaks as of Monday, with 960 of those within the past two weeks, UDOH reported. At least 281 teachers have been infected this term. Among students, cases were far most prevalent in high schools, which had per-student rates more than double those in middle schools and at least triple those in elementary schools.

The number of school-related cases marks a sharp increase from Sunday — but the state on Monday began including any patient who has spent more than 15 minutes in a school within two weeks of symptoms developing, said UDOH spokesman Tom Hudachko; before Monday, the state was only including cases where the patients were in contact with at least one other confirmed case in a school. There were 770 such cases as of Sunday.

At least 14 schools in four districts have identified at least 15 cases in the past two weeks. But only six of those schools have closed in accordance with state recommendations. The other eight remain open on modified schedules, with students attending fewer than five days a week.

The highest number of cases were in the Alpine School District, the largest district in the state, which reported 419 cases this school year as of Monday, according to UDOH data. The district identified four high schools with at least 15 cases each, but none of those schools had closed.