Utah reports 3,178 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths Tuesday


Bryan Burk, biosafety officer, labels and racks COVID-19 samples at Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Bryan Burk, biosafety officer, labels and racks COVID-19 samples at Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 3,178 additional COVID-19 cases and nine deaths on Tuesday.

The new cases were confirmed out of 11,342 people tested, with a 28% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is 3,057 per day; the average positive test rate is 24.4%.

On Tuesday, 512 patients were hospitalized with the coronavirus, which is nine more than were hospitalized the previous day. Intensive care units across the state were 86.7% full overall, and referral ICUs that can treat more serious patients were 91.7% full.

University of Utah infection rate model

University of Utah researchers announced Tuesday that they have created an “advanced” model using data they gathered during the HERO Project, a statewide randomized testing effort through which 21,000 residents were tested for active COVID-19 infection and antibodies.

Using that data, the researchers say they are now able to predict spikes in COVID-19 infections across the U.S. before they occur and create real-time estimates in each state of total prevalence of the virus including asymptomatic cases.

The data can be viewed on an interactive map on the Eccles School of Business website. The chart shows active coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for each state versus estimated active infections that include asymptomatic and unconfirmed cases.

While some attributed blame for Utah’s rising cases on increased testing, the data shows that there are likely many more asymptomatic cases that aren’t getting identified.

In Utah on Sunday — the latest day with available data — there were 1,545 active cases per 100,000 people reported. But the researchers estimate there were actually about 2,138 active …read more

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