CITY OF SÓTÓ – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah increased on Monday, 1897, with three more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The health department now estimates that there are 60,539 active cases of the disease in Utah. According to the health department, the rolling average number of positive cases per day is now 2312. The daily positive test rate during this period is now 21.5%. There are currently 560 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, state data show.
The new figures indicate a 1% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 1423,079 COVID-19-tested people in Utah to date, 13.8% tested positive for the disease.
The state reported an increase of 4,852 tests from Monday. The totality of the lower tests is probably due to the fact that the test centers were closed on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the health department.
Of the 560 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Utah, 205 are currently in the intensive care unit, state data show. According to the health department, about 83 percent of ICU beds will be filled as of Monday, including about 90 percent of Utah referral hospitals, which are 16 of the state’s facilities capable of providing the best COVID-19 care.
Interstate data show that about 47% of hospital beds outside the ICU are currently occupied.
Three deaths were reported on Monday:
- A Uintah County man who was between 45 and 64 years old and was hospitalized at his death
- A Utah County woman between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of her death
- A Washington County woman who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when she died
Monday’s cumulative result is 195,706 confirmed cases in Utah, with a total of 8,135 hospitalizations and 871 deaths due to the disease. A total of 134,296 cases of COVID-19 in Utah are considered recovered.
No COVID-19 press conference is scheduled for Monday. Utah Governor Gary Herbert is scheduled to provide media access to his office on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Test results include data from PCR assays and antigen assays. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results are not reported for 24 to 72 hours.
All cases reported daily by the Utah Department of Health include all cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the Utah epidemic, including those currently infected, recovered from the disease, and dead.
Recovered cases are those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 for three or more weeks and have not died.
According to the health department, deaths reported by the state usually occurred two to seven days before the report. Some deaths may still come from behind, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases according to the case definition outlined by the state and regional councils of epidemiologists. The number of deaths may change as the case investigation is completed.
According to the health department, a person without COVID-19 would not have died as a COVID-19 death.
The data in the story primarily reflects the entire state of Utah. Visit your local health district website for more localized data.
More information on the level of Utah health guidelines is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
The information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health collects and reports COVID-19 data, go to coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the “Data Comments” section at the bottom of the page.