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857 more COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths, many from last month, reported Friday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Feb. 19, 2021 at 1:48 p.m. | Posted - Feb. 19, 2021 at 1:03 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 857 on Friday, with 21 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

All but two of the deaths reported Friday occurred last month but were still being investigated by the state medical examiner's office, according to the health department.

The health department now estimates there are 21,691 active COVID-19 cases in Utah.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 803, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period reported with the "people over people" method is now 13.6%. The positive test rate per day seven-day average calculated with the "test over test" method is now 6.2%.

There are now 255 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 103 in intensive care, according to the health department. About 77% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are filled as of Friday, including about 81% in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 57% of the state's non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied, health department data shows.

A total of 580,051 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 563,608 Thursday. Of those, 188,985 are second doses of the vaccine.

The new numbers indicate a 0.2% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,151,244 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 17% have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of tests conducted has now increased to 3,670,444 — up 17,996 since Thursday. Of those, 6,535 were tests of people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.

The 21 deaths reported Friday were:

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

Friday's totals give Utah 365,256 total confirmed cases, with 14,382 total hospitalizations and 1,834 total deaths from the disease. A total of 341,731 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, the health department reported.

There is no COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Friday. Gov. Spencer Cox provided a pandemic update during 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.

The "people over people" method for the seven-day average positive test rate is calculated by dividing the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 by the total number of people tested. The "test over test" method is calculated by dividing the total number of positive tests by the total number of tests administered.

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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