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

Salt Lake City – The Utah Department of Health has reported 4,672 new cases Covid-19 Thursday’s case with 13 more deaths, breaking the record for the number of cases reported in a single day.

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

The sudden increase in cases comes after the state saw a steady decline in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. Back in November, officials feared a Thanksgiving spike, but were happy to report only a small increase after the holiday.

However, with the numbers on Thursday, there is likely to be an increase in cases related to Christmas.

Elected Governor Spencer Cox He wrote on Twitter that while the spike in cases was likely due to a drop in testing last week, it could be the start of a holiday-related increase.

“We fear that people will be less careful during Christmas,” he wrote in a tweet. “If you are planning large gatherings to celebrate New Year’s Eve, please reconsider.”

Officials said the Utah Department of Health will not report COVID-19 numbers on Friday due to the holiday.

“The number of cases today is a realistic reminder that we are still in this battle,” health ministry officials wrote in a statement.

Numbers

Thursday’s numbers were the highest in a single day of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, without accumulating numbers. On November 14Health officials reported 5,352 new cases after technical difficulties prevented all numbers from being reported the previous day. About 1,300 out of 5,353 were from the previous day.

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Prior to Thursday, the highest increase in cases for a day (without delay reported) was in November 20 When the country reported 4,588 new cases.

The average number of positive cases circulating for seven days a day now stands at 2,288 according to the Health Ministry. The daily positive test rate for that time period is now 25.6%. The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is now 1,269.

Of the 1,726,003 people tested for the COVID-19 virus in Utah to date, 16% have tested positive for COVID-19. The Ministry of Health reported 11,412 new people testing for COVID-19 as of Thursday.

State data shows that there are now 510 patients with COVID-19 in hospital in Utah with 158 in intensive care units. The total number of hospitalizations since the start of the outbreak is now 10,956.

About 83.2% of all ICU beds are occupied in Utah as of Thursday, including about 87% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. State data shows that about 55.7% of hospital beds outside the ICU are occupied.

A total of 30,200 COVID-19 vaccines have now been given, up from 23,970 on Wednesday, according to state data. Health officials note there is a delay in reporting data of up to seven days from when vaccine doses are shipped to Utah, administer them to patients, and report to the state’s health department. the state I reported Wednesday More than 125,000 total doses of vaccine have been shipped or approved for shipment to Utah.

The 13 deaths reported on Thursday are:

  • Weber County woman over 85 years old was not hospitalized at the time of her death
  • A Washington County man aged 65-84 was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man over the age of 85 was taken to hospital when he died
  • Weber County man, ages 65 to 84, who was a long-term care facility resident
  • Salt Lake County man over 85 was not hospitalized when he died
  • Davis County man, aged between 65 and 84, was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Davis County man aged between 65 and 84 was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man aged between 45 and 64 was hospitalized when he died
  • A man from Weber County, aged between 25 and 44, was not hospitalized when he died
  • A man from Weber County, aged between 65 and 84, was hospitalized when he died
  • Tooele County woman over 85 who was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah man aged between 65 and 84 was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah woman, aged 65 to 84, was not hospitalized when she died

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methodology:

Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the Ministry of Health upon confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.

The total number of cases reported by the Utah Health Department each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since the start of the Utah outbreak, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease and those who have died.

A recovered case is defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three weeks or more ago and has not died.

Referral Hospitals are 16 hospitals in Utah that have the capacity to provide the best healthcare for COVID-19.

State-reported deaths typically occur two to seven days before the date they were reported, according to the Health Department. Some of the deaths may have been from further afield, especially if the person was from Utah but died in another state.

The Ministry of Health has reported confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths according to the case definition set by the State Council and regional epidemiologists. The number of deaths is subject to change as investigations into the case are completed.

For the deaths reported as COVID-19 deaths, a person would not have died if they had not had COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health.

The data in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more local data, visit the local health district website.

More information about Utah health advisory levels is available at virus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

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The information is taken from the Utah Department of Health and Coronavirus .utah.gov / case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Health Department collects and reports COVID-19 data, visit the virus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the Data Notes section at the bottom of the page.

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