SALT LAKE CITY — Even as Utah reported no new deaths with COVID-19 on Sunday, the state and nation mourned the nearly 92,000 U.S. victims of the disease ahead of Memorial Day.
© Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeff Ringer is tested for COVID-19 by medical assistant Conner Meads at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, May 8, 2020. In an effort to help address COVID-19 hot spots that have been identified in Utah County, the Intermountain Healthcare Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit provided testing to area residents.
“This morning, the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah have been lowered to half-staff. We join with the entire country in paying our respects to those who have lost their lives in this pandemic. Flags will remain lowered until sunset tonight,” Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted Sunday.
The national toll is now 91,941, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
While many have compared the novel coronavirus to influenza, more than 40,000 fewer people have died from the flu this year than COVID-19 in the same time frame, according to CDC data.
Worldwide, 337,736 people have died with the coronavirus as of Sunday, the World Health Organization says.
Sunday marked the first in five days without additional fatalities in Utah, leaving the state’s toll at 97 — just over 0.1% of the nation’s deaths. Both the average and median age of the fatalities is about 74 years old in the state.
Of confirmed cases, Utah’s death rate is about 1.2%. State health officials have attributed that comparatively low rate to a younger population and common lifestyle choices.
Many neighboring states haven’t fared as well, with Arizona seeing 518 deaths so far, Colorado just over 1,000, and Nevada 292, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But eastern states have been hit the hardest. New Jersey’s toll stands at 9,200; Massachusetts’ at 5,000; and New York’s at 8,200 excluding New York City, which itself has experienced 17,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
Even after moving into its low-risk phase in the pandemic, Utah’s case and hospitalization rates are remaining consistent.
Current hospitalizations in Utah fell slightly from 108 on Saturday to 96 on Sunday, according to the Utah Department of Health.
On Sunday, the state confirmed 132 new cases out of 3,364 tests. Utah saw a daily rate increase of 1.6%.
Cases since the pandemic began total 8,392 out of 194,443 people tested. Utah has maintained a 4.3% overall positive rate.
Just over 5,000 people in the Beehive State are now considered recovered from the novel coronavirus after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.
The death toll stands at 97, 40 of whom were residents in long-term care facilities.
The latest breakdown of Utah cases, hospitalizations and deaths by health district: Salt Lake County, 4,515; 411 hospitalized; 67 deaths. Utah County, 1,704; 94 hospitalized; 14 deaths. Summit County, 405; 37 hospitalized; 0 deaths. Davis County, 410; 36 hospitalized; 2 deaths. Weber-Morgan, 260; 29 hospitalized; 4 deaths. Southwest Utah, 305; 21 hospitalized; 4 deaths. Wasatch County, 241; 11 hospitalized; 1 death. San Juan County, 264; 27 hospitalized; 4 deaths. Tooele County, 113; 6 hospitalized; 0 deaths. Bear River, 102; 13 hospitalized; 1 death. Central Utah, 33; 2 hospitalized; 0 deaths. TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 20; 1 hospitalized; 0 deaths. Southeast Utah, 20; 0 hospitalized; 0 deaths.