According to the Health Department, the largest amount of the year – Kotwa on Friday – 19 cases have increased by 2,644, with 14 more deaths.
The state now estimates that there are approximately 56,576 active COVID-19 cases in Utah. According to the health department, the average number of positive cases per day is 2,494. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 22.1%. State data shows there are currently 539 COVID-19 patients in Utah.
The new numbers indicate a 1.1% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 1,623,795 people tested for COVID-19 so far in Utah, 15.3% have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 10,547 new ones were tested for COVID-19, with 15,970 additional tests conducted since Friday, state data show.
State data shows there are currently 539 COVID-19 patients in Utah. Of them, 206 intensive care units occupy beds. Utah occupies about 95% of ICU beds on Friday, including about 99% of ICU beds in 16 referral hospitals in the state. About 57% of non-ICU hospital beds are full on Friday, state data show.
Data from the Department of Health now show that 1,347 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far in Utah, most in Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Washington counties.
A total of 14,625 vaccine doses have been sent to Utah so far. The Utah Department of Health said Friday that it learned it Next week Pfizer will be receiving a low dose of the vaccine it was planning for With 16,575 doses instead of 23,400. The Department of Health said it is working to find out why.
The Associated Press reported on Friday that the government said there is confusion between states between planning and training numbers and actual allocation, which is provided only weeks before shipment. Pfizer has stated that it has no production issues and no vaccine shipments are held or delayed.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney announced on Friday that he would receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sen. Romney said in a statement, “The attending physician’s office has now informed all senators that for the continuation of governmental purposes, we have to receive vaccinations, and there is no reason for delay.” “According to this directive, I will receive the vaccine. I will also continue to wear a mask, practice social disturbances and avoid large ceremonies in line with public health guidance.”
“Our most urgent job is to get emergency COVID relief across the finish line,” Romney continued. “I’m looking to the leadership of Congress to finalize the bill, hopefully in line with most of the bipartisan proposals presented earlier this week.”
The senator received his vaccine at around 3:50 pm, posting a picture on Twitter.
Grateful for the hard work from the medical community, gov. Partner, and others who are working around the clock to deliver safe and effective # COVID-19 Vaccination. It is time for the Congress to finish its work and our bipartisan group undergoing emergency COVID relief. pic.twitter.com/Zje73g5oRX
– Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2020
Friday’s totals give Utah 246,562 total confirmed cases, 9,883 total hospitalizations and 1,140 total deaths from illness. A total of 188,846 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, state data show.
There were 14 deaths reported on Friday:
- A Carbon County man aged between 65 and 84 with an unknown hospitalization condition
- A Davis County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
- An Emery County man who was between 65 and 84 years old and was not hospitalized when he died
- A woman from Salt Lake County who was between 65 and 84 years old and a resident of a long-term care facility
- Two Salt Lake County men between the ages of 65 and 84 and were hospitalized when they died
- A woman from Salt Lake County who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died
- A woman from Salt Lake County who was over 85 years old and was not hospitalized when she died
- A person from Sanpete County who was between 45 and 64 years of age and was hospitalized when he died.
- A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and hospitalized when she died
- A Washington County man who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when he died.
- A Weber County man, who was between 45 and 64 years of age and was hospitalized when he died
- A Weber County woman who was over 85 years old and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was not hospitalized when she died
The COVID-19 news conference is not scheduled for Friday. Utah officials provided updates at news conferences on Thursday.
The 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 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 COVID-19 has been 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 coronovirus.auta.gov/case-counts and scroll to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.
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