SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah increased by 2,160 on Monday, with four more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The Department of Health now estimates there are 50,030 active COVID-19 cases in Utah. The sliding average number of positive cases per day over seven days is now 2,716, according to the health department. The rate of positive tests per day during this period soared to a record 30.8% – the first time that number has been reported above 30%.
The new figures indicate a 0.8% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 1,752,324 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.4% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported 6,619 new people tested on Monday, while the total tests performed increased by 8,770.
A total of 48,575 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in Utah, up from 47,382 on Sunday, according to the health department. Health officials note that there is a lag in reporting the data between when doses are shipped to Utah, administered to patients and then reported to the health department. State data shows that 142,875 doses of the vaccine have now been shipped to Utah.
There are now 484 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 167 in intensive care. Overall, about 83% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are occupied on Monday, including about 86% of intensive care beds at the state’s 16 referral hospitals. About 48% of Utah’s non-ICU hospital beds are occupied, according to state data.
The four new deaths reported on Monday were:
- Washington County woman over 85 living in long-term care facility
- Salt Lake County man over 85 who was not hospitalized when he died
- Salt Lake County man who was between 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
- Washington County woman who was over 85 and was hospitalized after her death
Monday’s totals give Utah 285,633 total confirmed cases, with 11,240 total hospitalizations and 1,305 total deaths from the disease. A total of 234,298 cases of COVID-19 are now expected to be cured, according to the health department.
As Utah’s average positive test rate continues to climb, the health department is offering free rapid tests for COVID-19 in Utah this week, according to a press release from the department. Anyone can get tested in clinics, even if they have no symptoms of COVID-19. The goal of the clinics is to more easily identify cases of COVID-19 in the community, including people who may not know they are infected because they have no symptoms.
People are encouraged to pre-register online for testing at the sites. People will also be able to register in person at the clinics, but ID may be required. The full list of sites can be found by clicking on this link.
Health officials also warned on Monday of a bogus leaflet asking people to wear some type of mask to indicate their immunization status. The information on the leaflet is not true and the state of Utah will never require people to wear a certain type or color of mask to prove they have been vaccinated, the health department said in a series of tweets On Monday.
The health department also pointed out that there are no restrictions in place depending on whether or not the person chooses to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The ability for Utahns to travel, enter businesses, and vote will also not be tied to a person’s immunization status.
“False and misleading information like this is harmful and dangerous in our fight against the pandemic,” the health department said.
There is no COVID-19 press conference scheduled for Monday. Utah officials typically provide updates at press conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
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 may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported each day by the Utah Department of Health includes all COVID-19 cases since the start of the Utah epidemic, including those currently infected, those who have passed away. recovered from illness and those who died.
Cured cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and who has not died.
Referral hospitals are the 16 hospitals in Utah capable of providing the best healthcare for COVID-19.
The deaths reported by the state have generally occurred two to seven days before they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths can be even more distant, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The health department is reporting deaths from confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases according to the case definition set by the State Council and territorial epidemiologists. The number of deaths is subject to change as case investigations are completed.
For deaths 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 your local health district website.
More information on Utah’s health counseling 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 to the “Data Notes” section ” at the bottom of the page.