SALT LAKE CITY — The number of hospitalized Utah COVID-19 patients soared to 293 Tuesday as the state continues to deal with a spike in the disease.
Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 559 on Tuesday, with four more deaths and 5,720 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 583, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 13.5%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 9.3%.
Of the 293 COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized Tuesday, 123 are in intensive care units, according to health department data. More than 100 COVID-19 patients have been in ICUs every day for the past week.
As of Tuesday, about 74% of Utah's ICU hospital beds are occupied, including about 78% of the ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. Those capacity numbers indicate that there is a major strain on the Utah health care system. About 57% of the state's non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied.
A total of 2,956,857 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 2,951,137 Monday. About 50.9% of Utah's total population — or 1,630,778 residents — has now received at least a first dose of the vaccine, according to the health department. About 45.3% of the population — or 1,453,516 Utahns — is now fully vaccinated. Among Utahns ages 12 and older, who are currently eligible for the vaccine, 62.9% have received at least a first dose and 56.1% are fully vaccinated.
Of the 2,867,449 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.8% have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 5,227,339 COVID-19 tests have now been conducted in Utah since the pandemic began, up 7,712 since Monday, according to the health department. Of those, 4,457 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19.
The four deaths reported Tuesday were:
- A Davis County man over the age of 85 who was hospitalized when he died.
- A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized when he died.
- A Utah County woman, 45-64, who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Weber County woman between 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when she died.
Tuesday's totals give Utah 424,730 total confirmed cases, with 18,170 total hospitalizations and 2,420 total deaths from the disease.
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.