CITY OF SALT LAKE – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah increased by 812 on Wednesday, with 14 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The health department estimates that there are now 19,001 active cases of the disease in Utah.
The rolling seven-day number of positive cases per day is now 768, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for this time period, reported using the “people over people” method, is now 13.1%. The positive test frequency per day, a seven-day average calculated using the “test over test” method, is now 6.1%.
There are currently 222 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, including 91
A total of 641,881 vaccines were given in the state, up from 623,876 on Tuesday. Of these, 221,619 are second doses of the vaccine, state data show.
The new figures show a 0.2% increase in positive cases from Tuesday. Of the 2,180,594 people tested so far for COVID-19 in Utah, 16.9% tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of tests conducted in Utah is now 3,744,344, up from 19,389 on Tuesday. Of these, 7,631 are human tests that have not previously been tested for COVID-19.
The 14 deaths reported on Wednesday include:
- Two Salt Lake County men between the ages of 65 and 84 who were hospitalized when they died
- A man from Salt Lake County who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when he died
- A man from the county of Sevier, who was over 85 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- A man from Tooele County who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was not hospitalized when he died
- A man from Utah who was over 85 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- Two Utah men between the ages of 65 and 84 who were hospitalized when they died
- A Box Elder County woman between the ages of 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized when she died
- Two Salt Lake County women over the age of 85 who were not hospitalized when they died
- A Salt Lake County woman over the age of 85 who was a resident of a long-term care facility
- A woman from Utah who was between 65 and 84 years old and was hospitalized when she died
- A Washington County woman over the age of 85 who was not hospitalized at the time of her death
The total data for Wednesday gives a total of 368,601 confirmed cases with a total of 14,554 hospitalizations and 1,879 deaths from the disease. Approximately 347,721 cases of COVID-19 in Utah are considered recovered, according to the health department.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox is due to provide an update on the pandemic at a news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive test results for COVID-19 are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, 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 cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the Utah outbreak, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and did not die.
The referral hospitals are the 16 hospitals in Utah that have the ability to provide the best health care for COVID-19.
Deaths reported by the state usually occurred two to seven days before they were reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The health department reported both confirmed and probable deaths in the case of COVID-19 according to the definition of the case outlined by the Council of State and territorial epidemiologists. The number of deaths is subject to change as the investigation of the case is completed.
For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died without COVID-19, according to the health department.
The people-over-people method for the seven-day mean positive test was calculated by dividing the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 by the total number of people tested. The “test over test” method is calculated by dividing the total number of positive tests by the total number of tests applied.
The data included in this story mainly reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit the local health district website.
More information about health guidelines in Utah 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 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.
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