Utah reports 1,731 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths in past week

Utah reports 1,731 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths in past week

Nurse Cathy Martin administers a COVID-19 booster shot to Bryce Park at the Kearns Library in Kearns on Thursday, Sept. 29. Utah health officials reported 1,731 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths over the past week. (Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 1,731 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths over the past week.

The daily average for new cases was about 247, according to the data from the Utah Department of Health and Human Services. Over the past month, an average of 2,000 tests or fewer have been performed each day throughout the state.

The confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to be an undercount due to the low prevalence of people getting tested, and because many people now use at-home tests that do not get reported to health officials.

But other metrics continued to show decreases in virus activity on Thursday. The percentage of wastewater testing facilities that are seeing increasing or elevated levels of the coronavirus fell again for the third week in a row to 38.2%. The percentage of emergency room visitors who had COVID-19 also fell to 1.47%.

On Thursday, 108 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across Utah’s hospitals, 13 of whom were in intensive care units.

To date, Utah has confirmed 1,040,147 coronavirus cases and 5,028 deaths due to the disease.

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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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