1,168 additional COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported Monday in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah increased by 1,168 on Monday, with three more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.The Department of Health estimates that there are now 23,981 active cases of the disease in Utah. The sliding average number of positive cases per day over seven days is now 1,233, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day during this period is now 14.4%.

The new figures indicate a 1.2% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 980,659 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9.8% have tested positive for the disease. The health department reported an increase of 6,721 tests performed on Monday.

There are currently 288 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, including 103 in intensive care units, according to state data. About 70% of all Utah ICU beds are occupied on Monday, while about 48% of non-ICU beds are occupied.

Two of the deaths reported Monday were men over 85 who were residing in long-term care facilities; one in Utah County and the other in Washington County. The third death reported Monday was a Salt Lake County man who was between 45 and 64 years of age and resided in a long-term care facility, according to the health department.

Monday’s totals give Utah 95,562 total confirmed cases, with 4,688 total hospitalizations and 546 total deaths from the disease. A total of 71,035 cases of COVID-19 in Utah are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

As the state continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, Intermountain Healthcare announced Monday it has opened an “intensive care unit” at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to treat more patients.

The ICU surge is part of the hospital’s plan to treat more patients who need high-level intensive care, the company said in a statement. Other Intermountain system hospitals across the state are also monitoring the situation and will take appropriate action to provide quality care to their patients, the statement said.

“We are asking the community to stand by our side at this time: please mask yourself, keep people away appropriately, wash your hands often and stay home if you are sick,” the Intermountain statement said. “Our caregivers and patients across the community need your support to reduce the transmission of this virus. ”

The healthcare system is under strain due to the current outbreak in Utah. The University of Utah Health ICU has reached 95% capacity in recent weeks, and state health officials have steered clear in case a hospital needs to be established. campaign at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, according to Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

There is no press conference on COVID-19 scheduled for Monday. Utah officials typically provide updates at press conferences once a week on Wednesdays or 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 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 recovered from illness and those who died.

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

The deaths reported by the state have typically 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 reports deaths from confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 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.

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.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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