The state now estimates there are 41,773 active cases of the disease in Utah. The health department also reported a record-high 446 current COVID-19 hospitalizations Wednesday. That is two more than Utah's previous current hospitalizations record, which was set on Monday at 444.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,584, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 22.6%.
The new numbers indicate a 1.7% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 1,190,623 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 11.8% have tested positive for the disease. The health department reported an increase of 9,847 tests conducted as of Wednesday.
Of the 446 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah as of Wednesday, 182 were in intensive care units, state data shows. About 76% of Utah's ICU beds are occupied Wednesday, while about 50% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied.
The six deaths reported Monday include:
- A Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Davis County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
- Two Salt Lake County men who were between the ages of 65 and 84 and were hospitalized when they died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
Wednesday's totals give Utah 139,720 total confirmed cases, with 6,395 total hospitalizations and 678 total deaths from the disease since the pandemic began. A total of 97,269 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, according to health department data.
There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Wednesday. Utah officials provided updates at a Monday news conference.
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.