The health department now estimates there are 22,964 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,204, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 13.9%.
The new numbers indicate a 1.3% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 940,687 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 9.5% have tested positive for the disease. The health department reported an increase of 8,955 tests conducted as of Wednesday.
There are currently 259 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Utah, including 97 in intensive care unit beds, according to the health department. That is the highest number of current hospitalizations of the pandemic so far, state data shows.
As of Wednesday, about 72% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied, while about 55% of non-ICU beds are filled, the health department reported.
The five deaths reported Wednesday include:
- A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when he died
- A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when he died
- A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
- A Cache County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
- A Wasatch County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
Wednesday's totals give Utah 88,963 total confirmed cases, with 4,460 total hospitalizations and 527 total deaths from the disease. A total of 65,472 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.
There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Wednesday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other state leaders provided an update at a news conference Tuesday.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after they are confirmed, 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 Utah's outbreak began, including those who are 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 has not died.
Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days prior to when they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be from even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.
The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths per the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.
Data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district's website.
Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on 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.