SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah increased by 716 on Tuesday, with 12 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
Seven of the deaths occurred in the past month but were still being investigated by state coroners, according to the health department. A total of 11,966 more doses of vaccine were also administered.
The health department estimates that there are now 19,767 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. That’s the first time that estimate has been below 20,000 since Oct. 2, according to state data.
The seven-day average of positive cases per day is now 779, 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 6.2%.
Currently, there are 239 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, including 95 in intensive care, state data shows. About 69% of all intensive care unit beds in the state of Utah are occupied as of Tuesday, including about 73% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. About 46% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied in Utah as of Tuesday, according to the health department.
A total of 623,876 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 611,910 on Monday. Of these, 213,278 are second doses of the vaccine.
The new figures indicate a 0.2% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 2,172,963 people who have been tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 17% have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of tests performed is now 3,724,955, an increase of 18,480 from Monday. Of those, 6,458 were tests from people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19, according to state data.
Tuesday’s totals give Utah a total of 367,789 confirmed cases, with 14,520 total hospitalizations and 1,865 total deaths from the disease. A total of 346,157 COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, state data shows.
The health department also renewed the state’s emergency health order regarding COVID-19, replacing the previous order that expired Monday night. The new order contains updated information on when mask mandates could be lifted in certain Utah counties, regulations for bans, the state’s transmission rate, and various other items.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox issued an executive order Tuesday night updating the COVID-19 vaccination plan. The update now includes a section on vaccine eligibility criteria, which will be “based on direction” from the health department in consultation with the governor’s office and posted on coronavirus.utah.gov.
Cox is scheduled to provide an update on the pandemic at a press conference Thursday at 11 a.m., according to the governor’s office.
The 12 deaths reported Tuesday were:
- A Cache County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Davis County woman who was between 65 and 84 years old and a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Davis County man who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Salt Lake County man who was between 65 and 84 years old and was not hospitalized when he died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when she died
- A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Sevier County woman who was over 85 years old and was not hospitalized when she died
- A Sevier County woman who was over the age of 85 and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Utah County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Washington County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Weber County man who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when he died
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 have tested positive for COVID-19 by the total number of people tested. 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.