Utah coronavirus cases up by 256 on Monday; three more deaths reported

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune file photo) Certified medical assistant Shelby Close, tests for COVID-19, as people then pull forward for a blood draw to test for coronavirus antibodies in Park City on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, as part of the Utah HERO (Health & Economic Recovery Outreach) program.

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Another 256 Utahns have tested positive for the coronavirus, state health officials reported on Monday, and another three have died.

In the past week, there has been a daily average of 303 new cases per day, and a seven-day positivity rate of 10%, based on 2,120 new positive cases reported among 21,108 tests. The previous week showed a daily average of 197 new cases and a positivity rate of 7.1%.

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The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is now 124, the Utah Department of Health reported. The three new deaths are two Salt Lake County women, one between ages 60 and 85 and one who was older than 85, and a Davis County man who was between 60 and 85. All three died in hospitals.

Since Sunday, 18 Utahns were newly reported to be hospitalized, with 112 coronavirus patients currently in hospitals. In total, 918 Utahns have required hospital care for COVID-19.

A total of 12,322 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials received results for 4,948 patients on Monday, with 242,899 patients tested since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of all those who have tested positive, 7,255 are considered “recovered” — that is, they have survived for at least three weeks after diagnosis.