SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 859 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 2 more deaths, bringing the state's rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day to 1,763. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now at 19.2%.
The health department reported 4,174 more people were tested, bringing the state's total number of tests since the start of the pandemic to 1,969,659.
Monday's numbers mark the first time in several weeks the state has seen lower than 1,000 new cases reported daily. On the day after Christmas, the health department reported 991 new COVID-19 cases, likely a lower-than-normal number due to the closure of testing sites over the holiday. Prior to that, the last time Utah reported less than 1,000 new cases in its daily update appears to be on Oct. 13 when 987 new cases were announced by the health department.
A total of 459 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Utah, with 179 of those patients in the intensive care unit, state data shows. The health department says 1,227 more vaccines were administered since Sunday's report, for a total of 229,575 so far.
Monday's totals give Utah 337,264 total confirmed cases, with 13,054 total hospitalizations and 1,597 total deaths from the disease.
The two deaths reported Monday include:
- A Utah County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of her death
- A Utah County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
There is not a COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday; Gov. Spencer Cox and health officials will update the public on Thursday at 11 a.m.
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.