SAFETY

Nearly 30% of COVID tests come back positive, testing down over weekend

Dec 28, 2020, 10:14 AM
Covid tests...
Despite a lower number of coronavirus cases reported over the holiday weekend, health officials say nearly 30% of tests came back positive. (PHOTO: Utah Department of Health building in Salt Lake City, Paul Nelson KSL Newsradio)
(PHOTO: Utah Department of Health building in Salt Lake City, Paul Nelson KSL Newsradio)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — State health officials say nearly 30% of all new COVID-19 tests came back positive since Saturday. This coming after less than 800 new cases of coronavirus were been reported in Utah in the last day.

Positive cases falling, although testing is also down

796 new cases have been confirmed since the last update on Saturday, according to officials with the Utah Department of Health. That’s among the lowest number of cases in weeks, although it comes with a major caveat.

Officials say only 2,663 people received a COVID test since Saturday, which means the rate of positive COVID cases falls just under 30%.

Additionally, health officials reported the rolling seven-day average for positive COVID tests dropped to 1,980 per day. It’s the first time the seven-day average has dipped below 2,000 since November 5.  

Preparing for a possible spike

Intermountain Healthcare officials said Sunday that their system is preparing for a possible spike in hospitalizations after the holidays. Concerned that more holiday gatherings could lead to a surge in case counts.

“Experts remind people that symptoms of COVID-19 and the need for hospitalization don’t normally happen until one to three weeks after the initial exposure. Due to the incubation period, people who may have been exposed should receive a test five to seven days after an exposure to ensure accuracy. An infected person can test negative if they receive a test too soon after exposure,” Intermountain said.

Right now, 474 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, which is seven fewer than were hospitalized on Saturday. The state’s intensive care units are 80.1% full between coronavirus patients and others.

Two more COVID-19 related deaths were reported Sunday, which brings the state’s overall toll to 1,214. The most recent deaths were two Salt Lake County women, one of whom was between 45 and 64, and one who was between 65 and 84. Both individuals were hospitalized when they passed away.

Today’s Top Stories

Safety

crowded zion national park...
Mark Jones

Seasonal shuttle service, camping availability announced at Zion

Fall shuttle service into Zion National Park ended Sunday. It will resume for 10 days beginning on Dec. 23 and running through Jan. 1, 2023.
1 day ago
Photo of a Utah highway petrol vehicle...
Mark Jones

More than 1,500 motorists stopped for speeding over Thanksgiving weekend

The Utah Highway Patrol says more than 1,500 motorists were pulled over for speeding during the Thanksgiving weekend.
1 day ago
snow on a mountain in utah pictured falling on a road...
Adam Small

Latest snow on Utah roads prompts police to encourage safe driving

As snow falls in Utah, police are urging drivers to maintain safe distances and practice caution regardless of how much snow falls this season.
1 day ago
winter storm...
Devin Oldroyd

UDOT warns winter storm bringing roadway impacts

The Utah Department of Transportation is warning drivers that an upcoming winter storm will impact the road from 6 am Monday to noon Tuesday.
2 days ago
Mountain Green Fire Protection District said neighbors reported a burning trash can next to a home ...
Waverly Golden

Trash can on fire at Cottonwood Heights home safely extinguished

Mountain Green Fire Protection District said neighbors reported a burning trash can next to a home in the Cottonwoods on Nov. 25. 
3 days ago
The U.S. Coast Guard ship Bernard C. Webber, leaves the coast guard base, Monday, July 19, 2021, in...
Associated Press

‘Miracle’: Missing cruise ship passenger found OK in water

The U.S. Coast Guard says a passenger who went overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued on Thanksgiving after likely being in the water for hours.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Nearly 30% of COVID tests come back positive, testing down over weekend