SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah increased by 338 on Monday, and one new death was reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
That marks the lowest total of new cases in a single day since Sept. 9, when Utah reported 314 new cases.
Currently, there are an estimated 20,255 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The seven-day average of positive cases per day is now 760, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that period of time reported using the “people on people” method is now 13.3%. The seven-day average daily positive test rate calculated using the “test-on-test” method is now 6%.
There are currently 237 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, including 99 in intensive care, state data shows. About 70% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including 73% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals, according to the health department. Approximately 49% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah.
A total of 611,910 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 607,557 on Sunday. Of those, 206,887 are second doses of the vaccine, according to the health department.
The new figures indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 2,166,505 people who have been tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.9% have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of tests conducted since the start of the pandemic is now 3,706,475, an increase of 5,931 from Sunday. Of those, 2,892 were tests from people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.
The death reported Monday was a Wasatch County woman who was between 45 and 64 years old and a resident of a long-term care facility.
Monday’s totals give Utah a total of 367,073 confirmed cases, with a total of 14,466 hospitalizations and a total of 1,853 deaths from the disease. There are now 344,965 estimated recovered COVID-19 cases in Utah, state data shows.
There is no press conference on COVID-19 scheduled for Monday. Utah officials generally 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 they are confirmed, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all COVID-19 cases since the Utah outbreak began, including those who are currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have passed away.
Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.
The referral hospitals are the 16 Utah hospitals with the ability to provide the best COVID-19 healthcare.
The state-reported deaths generally occurred two to seven days before they were reported, according to the health department. Some deaths can be even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The health department reports cases of confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 according to the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Death counts are subject to change as investigations into the case are completed.
For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.
The “people over people” method for the seven-day average positive test rate is calculated by dividing the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 by the total number of people who received the test. The “test on test” method is calculated by dividing the total number of positive tests by the total number of tests administered.
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 guidance 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 down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.