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2,928 more COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths reported Wednesday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Dec. 16, 2020 at 10:10 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 16, 2020 at 12:57 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — After several straight days with under 2,000 cases, Utah's number of new COVID-19 infections has jumped back up to nearly 3,000 Wednesday.

The number of COVID-19 cases increased by 2,928 on Wednesday, with 19 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 56,875 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 2,600, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 23%.

The new numbers indicate a 1.2% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 1,600,363 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.1% have tested positive for COVID-19. The state reported 10,508 new people tested, out of an additional 18,005 tests conducted by Wednesday.

There are now 556 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows. Of those, 210 are occupying intensive care unit beds. Nearly 95% of all ICU hospital beds in Utah are occupied as of Wednesday, including almost 98% of ICU beds at the state's 16 referral hospitals.

The 19 deaths reported Wednesday were:

  • Two Salt Lake County men who were over the age of 85 and were hospitalized when they died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Davis County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah 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 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Wasatch County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Weber County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Washington County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when she died

Wednesday's totals give Utah 240,715 total confirmed cases, with 9,692 total hospitalizations and 1,096 total deaths from the disease. A total of 182,744 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered to be recovered, according to the health department.

Also on Wednesday, the Utah Department of Corrections reported a tenth death of a COVID-19 positive individual. The 71-year-old was pronounced dead late Tuesday night at the hospital. Before their death, the individual was housed at the Central Utah Correction Facility.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Wednesday. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to hold his monthly news conference with PBS Utah at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, as well as a second COVID-19 news conference at 1:30 p.m. 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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