State Department of Health COVID-19 Updates, Press Conf., Wednesday, March 25

Mar 25, 2020

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah increased by almost 50 between Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  There are 346 positive tests in the state right out of the 6,837 tests that have reportedly been completed. Fourteen people who have tested positive for the virus in Utah are visitors to the state.

Earlier this week it was announced that capacity for testing in Utah would be dramatically increased to between 1,500 and 2,000 tests a day, however, the number of tests reportedly completed has not increased that much. During the press conference on Wednesday, state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said this is because there is a data lag of about 72 hours with some of the private laboratories that are doing testing. 

Dunn also said that in Utah the rate at which cases were increasing within the sample of people that are being tested is lower than the rate in other states. 

According to Dunn, the majority of people who have tested positive in the state are between the ages of 25 and 65. She said the number of people under 18 who have tested positive for the virus is low, however, it is important to remember while children often experience milder symptoms, they are still very effective at spreading the virus. 

The full press conference can be watched here. 

Other updates can be found here.