CORONAVIRUS UTAH

2.5K Utahns Test Positive For COVID-19 As Death Toll Nears 1,000

Dec 9, 2020, 1:06 PM | Updated: 1:26 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Nearly 1,000 Utahns have now lost their lives because of COVID-19.

Utah Department of Health’s latest report shows 23 more residents have died, bringing the state’s death toll to 995.

According to the report, 2,574 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and 581 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 286,000 Americans have died because of COVID-19 nationwide.

The following Utahns’ deaths were reported Wednesday:

  1. Female, older than 85, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  2. Female, older than 85, Box Elder County resident, not hospitalized at time
  3. Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  4. Male, older than 85, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  5. Male, between 65-84, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  6. Female, older than 85, Cache County resident, long-term care facility resident 
  7. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  8. Female, between 45-64, Box Elder County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  9. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  10. Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time death
  11. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  12. Male, between 15-24, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  13. Male, between 65-84, Juab County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  14. Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  15. Male, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  16. Male, between 65-84, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  17. Female, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  18. Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  19. Male, older than 85, Piute County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  20. Female, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  21. Female, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  22. Male, between 45-64, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  23. Male, between 65-84, Iron County resident, unknown if hospitalized at time of death

Testing

On Wednesday, health officials reported that a total of 1,523,990 Utahns have been tested for COVID-19 so far. That’s an increase of 11,182 tests from Tuesday’s report.

Of those people, 222,545 tested positive for the virus. That’s an increase of 2,574 cases from yesterday.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 2,892 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 26.6%. Both of those numbers have dropped slightly since Tuesday’s report.

Utah Department of Health

Hospitalizations

Currently, 581 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 223 of those people are in intensive care units. Another 11 patients are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

Utah’s ICUs are 88.7% full, which makes them functionally full. According to the health department, the state’s intensive care unit beds reach the threshold for quality care at 85% occupancy due to the amount of staff available to care for the patients.

At Utah’s 16 referral centers, the ICU beds are 93.4% full.

The referral centers are the 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.

Utah Department of Health

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

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