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1,216 more COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths reported Friday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Feb. 5, 2021 at 1:40 p.m. | Posted - Feb. 5, 2021 at 12:59 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 1,216 on Friday, with 17 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Twelve of the deaths reported Friday occurred before Jan. 15 but were still being investigated by the Utah state medical examiner's office, the health department said.

The state now estimates there are 32,727 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,222, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 16.3%.

There are 349 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 117 in intensive care, state data shows. About 77% of intensive care unit beds in Utah are filled Friday, including about 80% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 60% of non-ICU hospital beds are filled, according to state data.

A total of 382,881 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 362,701 Thursday. Of those, 89,948 are second doses of the vaccine.

The new numbers indicate a 0.3% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,061,926 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 17.1% have tested positive for the disease. The total number of tests conducted increased by 14,075 as of Friday, and 7,696 of those were tests of people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.

The deaths reported Friday were:

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

Friday's totals give Utah 352,489 total confirmed cases, with 13,755 total hospitalizations and 1,728 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 318,034 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox provided a COVID-19 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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