State data now shows an estimated 51,443 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. According to the Health Ministry, the average number of positive cases circulating for seven days a day is now 2,800. The daily positive test rate for that time period is now a record high of 32.1%, up from 30.8% on Monday.
The new numbers indicate a 1.2% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 1,762,178 people who have been tested for COVID-19 in Utah to date, 16.5% have tested positive for COVID-19. State data showed that the number of tests performed rose by 17,539 on Tuesday, and 9,854 of those tests were in people who had not previously been tested for the disease.
Department of Health data shows that there are now 510 patients with COVID-19 currently in hospital in Utah, including 177 in intensive care. About 84% of ICU beds were filled in Utah as of Tuesday, including about 84% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals.
A total of 55,981 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been given in Utah, according to the Department of Health. A total of 150,125 vaccine doses have now been shipped to the state, although health officials indicate that there is a lag in reporting data between when the doses are shipped and given to patients and then reported to the Department of Health.
The seven deaths reported on Tuesday are:
- A man from Weber County, aged between 65 and 84, was hospitalized when he died
- A man from Salt Lake County, aged between 45 and 64, was hospitalized when he died
- A Washington County man, aged between 65 and 84, has been hospitalized after his death
- A Utah man aged between 65 and 84 was hospitalized when he died
- Two Washington County women over the age of 85 were not hospitalized when they died
- Davis County man aged 65-84 who was hospitalized after his death
Tuesday’s totals gave Utah 288,951 confirmed cases, with 11,356 hospitalizations and a total of 1,312 deaths from the disease. According to the Department of Health, an estimated 236,196 cases of COVID-19 in Utah are considered recovered.
There is no press conference on COVID-19 scheduled for Tuesday. Utah officials usually provide updates at press conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
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 //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/guide/ Coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
Information from the Utah Department of Health Coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information about how the Utah Department of Health collects and reports COVID-19 data, visit Coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts Scroll down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.