SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah rose Monday by 1,819, with six more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The Department of Health now estimates that there are 57,147 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. According to the health department, the average number of positive cases per day for seven days is 2,423. The positive daily test rate for that time period is now 23.2%.
The new figures indicate a 0.7% increase in positive cases on Sunday. Of the 1,648,918 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.3% have tested positive for the disease. The state reported an increase of 6,359 new people tested since Monday. There were another 8,820 tests performed since Monday, according to the health department.
6,519 vaccines have now been administered in Utah, mostly in the state’s most populous health districts. A total of 25,000 vaccines have now been shipped to Utah, although health officials say there is a reporting gap of up to seven days from the time the vaccines are shipped, administered to a person and reported to the health department.
There are 551 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data show. Of these, 195 occupy intensive care beds. About 87% of all Utah beds are occupied on Monday, including about 91% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 reference hospitals. About 51% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied, state data show.
The six deaths reported on Monday were:
- A man from Weber County who was between 65 and 84 years old and was a resident of a long-term care institution
- A man from Salt Lake County, who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- A woman from Salt Lake County who was over 85 years old and was hospitalized when she died
- A man from Salt Lake County who was between 25 and 44 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- A man from Washington County who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- A man from Washington County who was between 45 and 64 years old and was hospitalized when he died
Utah’s total month offers 252,783 confirmed cases in total, with 10,102 total hospitalizations and 1,161 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 194,475 COVID-19 cases in Utah are now considered recovered, state data show.
There is no COVID-19 press conference scheduled for Monday. Utah officials usually provide updates at press conferences once a week on Wednesday or Thursday.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results cannot be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported daily by the Utah Department of Health includes all COVID-19 cases since the onset of the Utah outbreak, including those currently infected, those recovering 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 did not die.
The referral hospitals are the 16 hospitals in Utah with the capacity to provide the best COVID-19 healthcare.
State-reported deaths usually occurred two to seven days before they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may come from the back, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The Department of Health reports both confirmed and probable deaths in the COVID-19 case, as defined by the State Council and Territorial Epidemiologists. The number of deaths may 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.
The data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit the local health district website.
More information on Utah health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
The information comes 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.