Utah records 4,672 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths on New Year’s Eve

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Health Department on Thursday reported 4,672 new COVID-19 cases, with 13 more deaths, breaking the record for the number of cases reported on a single day.

The Department of Health now estimates that there are 50,904 active cases of the disease in Utah.

The state has seen a sudden increase in cases after seeing a steady decrease in COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks. Back in November, officials feared a Thanksgiving Day spike, but were happy to report only a small boom after the holiday.

However, with the number of Thursdays, an increase in Christmas-related cases is a possibility.

Election of governor Spencer cox Twitter wrote that although it is possible that the sharp increase in cases may have been due to less testing last week, it is likely the start of a holiday-related boom.

“We fear people were less cautious during Christmas,” he wrote in a tweet. “If you are planning big celebrations to celebrate New Year’s Eve, please reconsider.”

The numbers

According to the Department of Health, the average seven-day number of positive cases per day is 2,288. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 25.6%. The total number of deaths since the onset of the epidemic is now 1,269.

So far 1,726,003 people have tested for COVID-19 in Utah, with 16% testing positive for COVID-19. The Health Department said that on Thursday, 11,412 newcomers were tested for COVID-19.

Currently 158 COVID-19 patients in Utah are hospitalized with 158 in intensive care units, state data show. There are 10,956 hospitalizations since the outbreak.

Utah holds about 83.2% of all ICU beds on Thursday, including about 87% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. About 55.7% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied, state data show.

According to state data, a total of 30,200 COVID-19 vaccines are now administered, up to 23,970 Wednesday. Health officials note that there is a delay of up to seven days until vaccine doses from Utah, the medication given to patients, and reported to the state’s Department of Health. The state reported Wednesday that more than 125,000 total vaccine doses have been shipped or approved in Utah.

This story will be updated.


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. 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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