Utah coronavirus cases rise to 1,968 as hospital ICUs are slammed

Seven more Utahns die from COVID-19.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cassidy Murphy tested for Kovid-19 at Intermountain Healthcare Cottonwood Instacare on Friday, December 11, 2020.

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Intensive care units last almost the entire time in Utah, followed by a rough weekend.

The Health Department reported that 89.6% of all ICU beds were in use, compared to 96.6% of Sundays. ICU beds for major referral centers, which care for the majority of coronovirus patients, are 93.5% as of Monday, compared to 101.7% by day.

Health activists are warning Utahans about the dangers of a full ICU, which is dangerously close to being understood.

In a news conference on Monday, Intermountain Healthcare’s infectious disease physician Drs. “This ICU boom was predicted,” Eddie Stenism said. “First comes cases, then hospitalization, then admission to ICU.”

Health care operations have warned since October that high hospitalization rates could lead to doctors’ rationing care. Hospital administrators have previously discussed the criterion of “crisis standards of care”, which would require government approval from Gary Herbert. Under those scenarios, younger patients may take precedence over the older, and patients who fail to improve in the ICU will go out of their way to make room for others.

“We’re in constant communication with Utah’s hospital network,” said Anna Lehardt, communications director for the governor. “While they continue to experience high levels of stress due to COVID-19 hospitalization, they have not yet asked the governor to implement crisis standards of care.” We encourage Utahns to continue social proximity and wear masks to be around others outside their home at any time. “

Hospitals are working to meet the needs of the ICU by opening new beds and new units.

“This is a situation where we are adding more and more people to the ICU at an accelerated pace and they are not being discharged from the ICU at the same speed,” he said.

The Health Department reported seven new deaths on Monday, including:

  • A man from Iron County, between the ages of 45-64

  • A woman from Salt Lake County between the ages of 65-84

  • A man from tulle county

  • A man came to Menutah County between the ages of 65-84

  • A man from Wasatch County between the ages of 45-64

  • Two Washington County women, one between 45-64 and the other between 65-84

The month of December has seen only one day in Utah with zero COVID-19 related deaths.

The number of new cases filed on Monday is 1,968, the first time cases fell below the 2,000 mark in December.

A total of 1,580,843 utans have been tested for coronovirus, including 5,621 news trials, which is also low for the month.

The rolling seven-day average for positive incoming tests is 24.07% and the state is seeing a weekly rolling average of 2,598 positive tests per day. This test is an indication of a positivity rate virus that is spreading out of control in the state.

Although Utah hospitals received their first shipment of coronovirus vaccines on Monday, health care experts warned the community to remain vigilant and continue best practice to prevent the spread of the virus, including social distinctions and wearing masks . Vaccines will not be ready for the general public until sometime this spring or summer.

“We cannot tolerate ever-increasing cases and subsequent hospitalizations,” said Stanhjam. “We need to ensure that we control it from a public health point of view until the vaccine is widely available in the coming months.”

The physician praised Utah residents, keeping in mind the directions on Thanksgiving. Health providers expected an increase in cases after discharge, but saw a slight increase compared to anticipated.

With the Utah Hospital Association, Greg Bell said the state has kept the transition lower than apprehensive officials because of three things: Herbert’s social foresight mandate, his statewide facade requirement and because “Utah citizens have the governor’s immediate counsel And responded to medical advice. “

“But if we put our feet away at the speed of gas, we can tip,” Bell said.

Stenhjem called on the community to follow similar precautions during holidays now and further, including Christmas and Hanukkah.

“Don’t gather outside your house to enjoy those holidays,” he said.

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