CORONAVIRUS UTAH

13 More Utahns Dead; 3,692 New Coronavirus Cases Reported

Dec 12, 2020, 12:45 PM | Updated: 1:42 pm
FILE: People line up in their cars as members of the Utah National Guard give COVID-19 swab tests a...
FILE: People line up in their cars as members of the Utah National Guard give COVID-19 swab tests at the Utah County Health Department on November 20, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Governor called up the National Guard to assist in COVID-19 testing and tracing as Utah has seen a large spike in positive tests the last several months. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health reported 13 more Utahns have died of COVID-19, with 3,692 new coronavirus cases – of which 1,100 were not reported Friday because of a server problem.

The latest numbers were released just before 1 p.m. Saturday.

Without the inflated numbers, the state would have reported 2,592 new cases since Friday.

Testing

The Utah Department of Health reported that a total of 1,565,554 residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus – an increase of 14,616 of the total reported Friday.

Of those, a total of 231,821 have tested positive for the virus – an increase of 3,692 cases since Friday and 18,977 in the last week.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 2,706 per day – down 279 since last Saturday – and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests was 25.8 percent.

Hospitalizations

The health department reported 544 people were being treated for COVID-19 in Utah hospitals, with another 18 patients suspected to have the virus but not yet confirmed. Total hospitalizations since the pandemic began was 9,351 people.

Utah officials said 95.9 percent of the 536 ICU beds across the state were full. Of those, 211 were being used by patients confirmed to have COVID-19. The remaining ICU beds were used by patients with other critical medical conditions.

Hospital officials have said, in addition to the beds nearing capacity, there was staffing for around 85 percent of those.

Deaths

The latest COVID-19 deaths in Utah included five women and eight men. All but three were over the age of 65.

There have been 1,038 total deaths of residents from the disease in the Beehive State since the pandemic began.

Davis County

A Davis County man between the ages of 65 to 84 was hospitalized when he died after contracting the virus.

The county has reported 73 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak.

Female, between 45-64, Garfield County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Garfield County

Health officials reported the death of a Garfield County woman who was between the ages of 45 to 64 and in the hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

She was the seventh death reported in the county.

Salt Lake County

Two additional Salt Lake County residents have died of COVID-19 – one man and one woman.

The man was between the ages of 45 to 64, and had been living in a long-term care facility. The woman was between the ages of 65 to 84. She was not hospitalized when she died.

There have been a total of 466 COVID-19 deaths in the county – 39 in the last week.

Uintah County

Two men in Uintah County have died of COVID-19. Officials said one was between the ages of 45 to 64 and hospitalized at the time of death.

The other man older than 85 and living in aa long-term care facility.

There have been 12 deaths in the area of the Tri-County Health Department, which includes Daggett County – one of three counties in the state without any COVID-19 deaths – Duchesne and Uintah counties, and the Ute Indian Tribe.

Officials said 7 of the 12 deaths in the health district were Uintah County residents.

Utah County

Health officials also reported four deaths in Utah County – three women and one man.

Two of the women were between the ages of 65 to 84. One was a long-term care facility resident, and other was not hospitalized at the time of death.

The other woman was over the age of 85 and living in a long-term care facility.

A man between the ages of 65 to 84 also succumbed to COVID-19, according to the Department of Health. He was being treated in the hospital.

The county has reported 173 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic – 19 in the last seven days.

Washington County

Officials said two Washington County men died of COVID-19. Both were hospitalized when they died.

One man was between the ages of 65 to 84. The other was over the age of 85.

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has reported 111 deaths in the area, which includes Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver and Garfield counties.

Washington County has reported 91 of those deaths.

Weber County

A Weber County man between the ages of 65 to 84 was living in a long-term care facility when he died.

He was the 71st COVID-19 death reported by the Weber-Morgan Health Department, and 68th in Weber County.

National/Worldwide Numbers

There have been nearly 15.9 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. Just under 297,000 people have died of the disease, according to numbers compiled by the Coronavirus Resource Center at John Hopkins University.

There has been an increase of 1.5 million cases and 17,000 deaths in just the last seven days.

Across the globe there have been 71.4 million cases and 1.6 million deaths.

With just 4 percent of the worldwide population, the United States has accounted for 29 percent of the global cases and 22 percent of the deaths in the last week.

has accounted for 22.3 percent of all confirmed cases and 18.5 percent of all deaths since the pandemic began.

The first US case was confirmed on January 21, 2020. The number of new cases in the nation has skyrocketed in November, with a spike significantly higher than any other country.


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How do I prevent it?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

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13 More Utahns Dead; 3,692 New Coronavirus Cases Reported