The continued rise in cases prompted the state to issue an emergency alert on cellphones on Friday afternoon, warning Utahns that local hospitals are “nearly overwhelmed.”
“COVID-19 is spreading rapidly,” reads the alert. “Record the cases. Almost all counties are in a high transmission area. The alert reminds Utahns that all counties in this “high” transmission level are under a mask mandate, and that occasional social gatherings are limited to 10 people or less.
” Pay attention! Said the alert. He directed Utahns to the state’s coronavirus news website, which appeared to have crashed for some time on Friday afternoon.
Overall, Friday’s figures bring Utah to 112,932 confirmed cases and 601 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In an email, the health department said the three new deaths reported were:
- Salt Lake County man aged 25 to 44 who was hospitalized when he died
- A 44-65-year-old man from Tooele County who was also hospitalized
- Davis County woman aged 65 to 84 living in long-term care facility
This is only the fourth death reported in Tooele County from the coronavirus. Only 22 Utahns aged 25 to 44 were lost to the disease.
The health department reported on Friday that 318 Utahns are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus and a total of 5,395 Utahns have been hospitalized for it overall. Of those hospitalizations, 133 are believed to be in intensive care, contributing to the 72% of the state’s intensive care beds currently in use.
Over the past week, the state recorded an average of 1,622 new cases per day and a positive test percentage of 18.2. A month ago, the seven-day moving average of new cases was 1,017 per day with a positive test percentage of 13.6.
The health department said an additional 10,346 Utahns had been tested for the virus in Friday’s report.
No press conference is scheduled for Friday. Gov. Gary Herbert and state health officials briefed media on Thursday, warning that the hospital’s capacity continues to be strained by the rising fall of the virus.
Herbert released a statement via the health department with Friday’s update.
“While it is true that Utah’s COVID-19 death rate is significantly lower than the national rate, we must not become oblivious to what these numbers mean for our communities – for those infected, for all those who love them, ”Herbert said. “Assuming a 5% hospitalization rate and a 0.5% death rate, we would see 115 hospitalizations and 11 deaths, just of the nearly 2,300 cases we are reporting today. This will put increasing pressure on our already overworked healthcare professionals, more families with empty chairs at their tables, not to mention the long-term effects that many other Utahns will face, even as they recover. .
“We cannot be too careful in our efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. “
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 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 is reporting deaths from confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 according to the case definition set by the State Council and territorial epidemiologists. Counts may 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.