CORONAVIRUS

3K Test Positive For COVID-19 And 9 More Utahns Have Died

Nov 17, 2020, 12:57 PM | Updated: 1:15 pm

About a dozen members of the Utah National Guard operate a mobile COVID-19 testing site for the sta...

About a dozen members of the Utah National Guard operate a mobile COVID-19 testing site for the state department of health. (KSL TV)

(KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – An additional nine Utahns have died because of COVID-19, according to the latest report, and 3,178 more of the state’s residents have tested positive for the virus.

ICU hospitalizations, which have been of particular concern to health care officials, have climbed past the state’s threshold for quality care.

According to the Utah Department of Health, 512 people with COVID-19 are currently being treated in hospitals.

Testing

UDOH on Tuesday reported a total of 1,265,600 Utahns have been tested for the virus so far, which is an increase of 11,342 from Monday’s numbers.

Of those, a total of 158,957 have tested positive for COVID-19, and that’s an increase of 3,178 from yesterday.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 3,057 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 24.4%.

Utah Department of Health

Hospitalizations

There are currently 512 people with COVID-19 who are hospitalized, and 196 of those are in intensive care units. Another 25 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation.

The state’s ICU beds are 86.7% occupied, which is now above the 85% threshold for quality care. Health authorities have noted that Utah was “functionally out of staffed ICU beds” when it hit 85% capacity.

Utah’s referral center ICU beds are 91.7% occupied.

Referral Centers are the 16 hospitals in Utah with the capability to provide the best care for patients with COVID-19. Because most patients are transferred to these facilities, their utilization is the best reflection of the true hospital capacity in Utah when looking at ICU beds.

UDOH reports 49.5% of all non-ICU beds are occupied.

Utah Department of Health

Deaths

Authorities reported nine more Utahns have died as a direct result of COVID-19, which brings the state’s death toll to 732.

On Tuesday, the deaths of the following residents were reported:

  • Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Juab County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, older than 85, Beaver County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Washington County resident, long-term care facility resident

Utah Department of Health

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

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3K Test Positive For COVID-19 And 9 More Utahns Have Died