SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported a lower number of new COVID-19 cases Monday, but current hospitalizations soared to a new high of 503 — the first time the state has surpassed 500 in that statistic.
The number of COVID-19 cases increased by 1,971 on Monday, with five more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health. Monday is the first time since Nov. 3 the state has reported under 2,000 new cases.
There are now an estimated 49,575 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,949, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 24.6%.
The new numbers indicate a 1.3% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 1,254,258 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 12.4% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported an increase of 9,523 tests conducted as of Monday.
Of the 503 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, 198 are in intensive care units, according to the health department. About 84% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied as of Monday, while about 53% of non-ICU hospital beds are filled, state data shows.
The five deaths reported Monday were:
- A Box Elder County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was 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 Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
- A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
- A Washington County woman who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when she died
Monday's totals give Utah 155,779 total confirmed cases, with 6,859 total hospitalizations and 723 total deaths from the disease. A total of 105,481 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.
There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday. Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to provide a COVID-19 update during his monthly PBS Utah news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
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.