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Snow is falling. COVID-19 numbers are rising.
Utah extended its record streak Sunday when the Utah Department of Health announced 1,765 people had tested positive for the virus. That’s the second most for the state since the outbreak started. The previous reported high was Friday’s 1,906 confirmed cases, and Thursday through Sunday represents the four days with the most cases in Utah.
The seven-day rolling average of positive tests has now broken 16% of people tested, also a record. Health officials say positive test rates this high indicate large numbers of infected people haven’t been tested.
UDOH reported 8,702 people were tested Saturday and the rolling weekly average for positive tests is 1,490 per day.
Utah now ranks sixth in the nation in cases per capita with a seven-day average of 44.4 per 100,000 residents. Only Wisconsin — which leads the United States with 73.5 per 100,000 — as well as Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota rank above it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UDOH reported Sunday that four more people died from COVID-19, including a male in the 15-24 age group who had been hospitalized. His county of residence was not provided, but he is one of the youngest coronavirus casualties in the state. Fewer than five cases have been reported in that category.
Also among the dead are two Washington County men, one older than 85 and one between 65-84, who were both hospitalized. The fourth person is an Emery County woman between the ages of 45-64.
The number of hospitalizations reported Sunday was 308.
Experts have long expressed concern about coronavirus cases spiking when the weather starts to turn cold, and it appears that time is here. While temperatures in Salt Lake City should climb back into the mid-60s for about a week starting Thursday, they are predicted to take their seasonal slide starting in early November.
This story will be updated.