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1,968 more COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths reported Monday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Dec. 14, 2020 at 1:31 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 14, 2020 at 12:55 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — As officials prepare to inoculate the first Utahns against COVID-19 later this week, the state's number of cases has increased by 1,968 on Monday, with seven more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The department now estimates there are 56,415 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,598, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 24.1%.

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made their way to Utah this week, and the first vaccinations are expected on Wednesday. Frontline health care workers will be the first to receive the vaccines, with staff and residents at long-term care facilities and teachers following shortly after.

Monday's new numbers indicate a 0.8% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 1,580,843 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.9% have tested positive for COVID-19. The state reported an increase of 7,661 more tests conducted as of Monday, with 5,621 new people tested.

There are 572 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows. Of those, 211 are occupying intensive care unit beds across the state. About 90% of all ICU beds in Utah are occupied as of Monday, including about 94% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 52% of Utah's non-ICU hospital beds are filled as of Monday.

The seven deaths reported Monday were:

  • An Iron County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Tooele County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Wasatch County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Washington County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died

Monday's totals give Utah 235,872 total confirmed cases, with 9,486 total hospitalizations and 1,062 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 178,395 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, state data shows.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to speak at news conferences on Tuesday and Thursday.

Methodology:

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.

Referral hospitals are the 16 Utah hospitals with the capability to provide the best COVID-19 health care.

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.

For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.

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.

More information about Utah's health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

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.

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