2231 more COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths reported Monday in Utah – KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 2,231 on Monday, with 10 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 61,706 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 3,125, according to the health department.

The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 27.1%, a statistic that, after declining slightly in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, has now risen back up to a record high, indicating there are many COVID-19 cases being missed in Utah.

The new numbers indicate a 1% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 1,502,902 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.6% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported an increase of 7,551 tests conducted as of Monday, state data shows.

There are now 582 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows. Of those, 215 are in intensive care units, according to state data. About 86% of all Utah ICU beds are occupied as of Monday, including nearly 91% of ICU beds in the state’s referral hospitals, which are the 16 facilities that have the capability to provide the best COVID-19 care, according to state data. About 51% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied in Utah as of Monday.

The ten deaths reported Monday are:

  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Sanpete County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility

Monday’s totals give Utah 217,638 total confirmed cases, with 8,896 total hospitalizations and 949 total deaths from the disease. A total of 154,983 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered to be recovered.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday. Utah officials typically provide updates at news conferences once a week on Thursdays.

Methodology:

Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after they are confirmed, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.

The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since Utah’s outbreak began, including those who are currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.

Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.

Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days prior to when they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be from even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.

The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths per the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.

For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.

Data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district’s website.

More information about Utah’s health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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