Coronavirus hospitalizations break another record in Utah as case spike wears on

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Utah's sustained spike in coronavirus cases continued on Saturday, as health officials reported that hospitalizations from the virus had again rise to record heights, with 298 patients receiving active care.

The previous high was recorded Friday, when 290 patients were hospitalized. Overall, 4,610 people have been hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic.

In total, the state reported that there have been 93,297 positive cases of the virus in Utah, an increase of 1,340 from Friday. There have also been three new deaths, bringing the total number of people who have died from the virus to 540. The deaths included:

A Davis County man who was older than 85 and was not hospitalized at the time of death

A Salt Lake County woman, who was older than 85 and was living in a long-term care facility

A Carbon County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at time of death

The state had shattered its previous record of 256 for coronavirus hospitalizations on Friday, the same day the University of Utah Hospital said it was bringing in doctors and nurses for overtime shifts to staff new beds after its ICU reached "more than 100% capacity."

The spike in cases is "unsustainable," Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement released with Friday's coronavirus report. And he urged Utahns, again, to wear masks, socially distance…
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