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2,649 more COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths reported Friday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Jan. 22, 2021 at 1:49 p.m. | Posted - Jan. 22, 2021 at 1:03 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 2,649 on Friday, with 24 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Five of those deaths occurred before Dec. 31 but were still being investigated by the Utah medical examiner's office, the health department said.

The health department now estimates there are 51,639 active COVID-19 cases in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,860, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 19%.

There are 488 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 192 in intensive care, state data shows. About 89% of Utah intensive care unit hospital beds were occupied as of Friday, including about 92% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 55% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied in Utah, according to health department data.

A total of 207,127 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 193,777 Thursday. A total of 23,469 of those are second doses of the vaccine, according to health department data.

The new numbers indicate a 0.8% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 1,948,153 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 17.2% have tested positive for the disease. The total number of tests conducted increased by 16,671 as of Friday, and 12,574 of those were tests of people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19, according to state data.

The 24 deaths reported Friday were:

  • A Box Elder County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Box Elder County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Box Elder County man who was over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when he died
  • Two Cache County men who were over the age of 85 and were hospitalized when they died
  • An Iron County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • An Iron County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • Three Salt Lake County women who were between the ages of 45 and 64 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
  • Three 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 over the age of 85 and was hospitalized when she died
  • Two Salt Lake County women who were over the age of 85 and were residents of long-term care facilities
  • A Sanpete 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 a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 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 Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died

Friday's totals give Utah 333,118 total confirmed cases, with 12,884 total hospitalizations and 1,571 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 279,908 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Friday. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox provided a pandemic update at a news conference 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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