According to the Department of Health, Salt Lake City – Kotwa-19 the number of cases has increased by 2,543 on Friday, with 12 more deaths.
The Department of Health now estimates that there are 55,374 active cases of the disease in Utah. According to the Department of Health, the average seven-day number of positive cases per day is 2,391. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 25%, a full percentage point since Thursday and down about 8% from the previous week.
The state’s Department of Health also announced on Friday that a new, more infectious version of COVID-19 originated in the UK has now been detected in Utah. According to the Health Department, the variant was detected in a Salt Lake County man who tested positive last month and is between 25 and 44 years of age. The person had no history of travel and only mild symptoms.
The COVID-19 vaccine is believed to be effective against disease variants.
The hospital currently in Utah has 584 COVID-19 patients, including 210 in intensive care, state data show. According to the Department of Health, Utah holds about 93% of intensive care unit beds on Friday, including about 95% of ICU beds in 16 referral hospitals in the state. About 56% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied.
A total of 142,751 vaccine doses have been given in the state, which is 133,202 since Thursday.
The number of new Friday cases indicates a 0.8% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 1,884,601 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah, 17% have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. The total number of tests increased to 17,245 as of Friday, and 12,985 of them were trials of people not previously tested for COVID-19.
The 12 deaths reported on Friday are:
- Two Salt Lake County men between the ages of 65 and 84 and residents of long-term care facilities
- Two Salt Lake County men between the ages of 65 and 84 and were hospitalized when they died
- Two Salt Lake County men between the ages of 45 and 64 years old and were hospitalized when they died
- A person from Utah County who was over 85 years old and was hospitalized when he died.
- A Washington County man between the ages of 65 and 84 and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Weber County man, aged between 65 and 84, and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A woman from Salt Lake County who was over 85 years old and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A woman from Toole County who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when she died
- A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
Friday’s totals give Utah 320,102 total confirmed cases, 12,351 total hospitalizations and 1,472 total deaths from the disease. According to the Department of Health, an estimated 263,256 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered.
The COVID-19 news conference is not scheduled for Friday. Utah officials provided an epidemic update Thursday at a news conference.
The test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the Health Department soon after confirmation, but negative test results cannot be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported each day by the Utah Health Department includes all cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of Utah, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and Those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.
Referral Hospitals are 16 Utah hospitals with the ability to provide the best COVID-19 health care.
According to the Health Department, deaths reported by the state usually occur two to seven days earlier. Some deaths can also occur from the future, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.
The Department of Health reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 death cases as defined by the state and territorial epidemiologists. The death count can be changed as soon as the investigation of the case is completed.
According to the Department of Health, the deaths for which the death of COVID-19 is reported, if the COVID-19 was not there, the person would not have died.
The data included in this story primarily reflect the state of Utah as a whole. For more local data, visit your local health district 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 about the Utah Department of Health and reports COVID-19 data, go to coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.
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