SALT LAKE CITY — Utah confirmed 661 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and one additional fatality, bringing the state’s death toll to 274.

© Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
COVID-19 tests are performed at Alta View Hospital in Sandy on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Just over 6,000 tests for the novel coronavirus were reported Saturday, with a positive rate of 11%, according to the Utah Department of Health.

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The latest death was a Davis County man between ages 65-84 who was a long-term care facility resident.

Saturday’s new cases follow a big increase on Friday, when the state reported 863 new cases, with six more deaths.

The spike pushes the seven-day rolling average to 615 cases, well above the 500-case average that Gov. Gary Herbert challenged Utahns to drop to by Aug. 1 — a week away. Earlier this month, Herbert said if the state doesn’t meet that goal, he could take “more aggressive action by the government” that could include a statewide mask mandate.

Total reported COVID-19 cases in the Beehive State are now 37,623 out of 500,139 people tested. About 94,000 of the state’s 594,012 total tests are individuals receiving multiple tests. The rolling, seven-day average positivity rate was 9.2%.

Utah currently has 202 people hospitalized with the novel coronavirus. The state’s intensive care units are 67.4% full, and nonintensive care units are 52.8% full.

About 24,300 of the state’s cases are considered recovered after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.

The latest breakdown of Utah cases, hospitalizations and deaths by health district: Salt Lake County, 17,966; 1,162 hospitalized; 156 deaths. Utah County, 7,098; 328 hospitalized; 31 deaths. Southwest Utah, 2,733; 150 hospitalized; 22 deaths. Davis County, 2,660; 150 hospitalized; 11 deaths. Weber-Morgan, 2,313; 141 hospitalized; 24 deaths. Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 2,078; 83 hospitalized; 5 deaths. Summit County, 663; 52 hospitalized; 1 death. San Juan County, 582; 74 hospitalized; 19 deaths. Wasatch County, 512; 20 hospitalized; 4 deaths. Tooele County, 481; 21 hospitalized; 0 deaths. Central Utah, 333; 19 hospitalized; 1 deaths. TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 134; 8 hospitalized; 0 deaths. Southeast Utah, 70; 5 hospitalized; 0 deaths.

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