The City of Salt Lake – although fewer people are being tested for coronavirus during acute infections in Utah – makes it difficult to determine the true rate of infection – data from sewage observations provide images of stork-cove-2 across the state.
At a time when Salt Lake City rates are declining, the presence of the virus is increasing in the rural population of Behavioral State, according to data from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
As of the latest update, sewage plants in Twell, Roosevelt, Richfield, Joab County’s Mona, Springville, Payson, Heber Valley and Santa Quinne have shown increasing rates of the virus.
Meanwhile, the rate of the virus has dropped in samples taken from treatment facilities in Salt Lake City, according to the data. This is combined with testing numbers, as new cases are declining every day in Salt Lake County since county officials implemented a mask mandate just two months ago. Although the county once accounted for half or more of the state’s new COVID-19 cases, the share fell by an average of 40% or less.
Samples taken from other county treatment facilities, including Magna, West Jordan and the Central Valley, show the presence of SARS-Cavi-2, but data is not enough to show the trend.
In June, the state launched a sewage monitoring pilot program with the University of Utah, Utah State University and Brigham Young University to measure the genetic components of the virus at 10 treatment plants.
Viruses no longer survive in its flowing form, but are left behind copies of its genetic material. Officials say that even those who have asymptomatic infections have spread the virus in their feces. Project researchers have discovered that the tendency of wastewater is consistent with the rate of known infections in certain communities.
Since then, the Utah Department of Environmental Standards has provided weekly updates on sewage monitoring at 42 treatment plants in Utah, representing 80% of the state’s population.
Utah health officials reported 388 more Cavid-19 cases and two additional deaths on Sunday.
New cases were confirmed in 4,770 trials with a positive rate of 8.1%, according to the Utah Department of Health.
Since the onset of the epidemic, 5,660 out of 99,9,35 people have tested positive for the disease in Utah, with an overall positive.6% rate.
The seven-day average roll for new cases dropped below 400 again on Sunday, with an average of 397 per day with a test positive rate of 9.5%. Currently, 120 people are hospitalized with the same number of CVVID-19s as on Saturday. More than 3,200 people in Utah have needed hospital care since the outbreak began.
The death toll in the state rose to 422 on Sunday. They are: a woman from Utah County and a Davis County woman, both aged 65-84, and she was hospitalized after she died.
About 46,200 cases in the state are considered recovery after surviving three weeks of points after their diagnosis, meaning about 8,400 cases remain active.
New Covid-19 reports were reported Sunday in health districts across Utah:
- Salt Lake County, 173
- Utah County, 125
- Davis County, 24
- Weber-Morgan, 20
- Southwest Utah, 15
- Tole County, 9
- Bear River (Box Elder, Cash, Rich), 6
- Summit County,.
- Central Utah, II
- Wash County, II
- Southeast Utah, II
- Tricounty (Unita Basin), 0
- San Juan County, 0