CORONAVIRUS UTAH

17 More Utahns Have Died From COVID-19 As State ICUs At 96.6% Capacity

Dec 13, 2020, 1:12 PM | Updated: 1:50 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials on Sunday reported 17 more Utahns have died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s pandemic death toll to 1,055.

An additional 2,083 have tested positive for the virus.

The state’s seven-day average for percent of positive cases has actually decreased slightly to 24.6%, which is more than a full percentage point from Saturday’s report.

However, ICU utilization is far above the threshold for quality care. The state’s intensive care units are now 96.6% full, and the ICU beds in Utah’s 16 hospitals that are equipped for the best care for COVID-19 patients are above capacity.

Testing

The Utah Department of Health reported a total of 1,575,222 of the state’s resident have been tested for COVID-19 so far. That’s an increase of 9,668 tests from Saturday.

Of those, a total of 233,904 have tested positive for the virus, which is an increase of 2,083 from yesterday’s numbers.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 2,633 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive tests is 24.6%.

Utah Department of Health

Hospitalizations

Currently, there are 548 people who are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 215 of those are in intensive care units. Another 10 people are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

Utah’s ICU beds are now 96.6% full. That’s far above the state’s threshold for quality care, which is 85% full due to the number of caregivers available.

The state’s referral center ICU capacity is particularly concerning, as those beds are now 101.7% full.

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.

Utah Department of Health

Deaths

Authorities reported an additional 17 Utahns have lost their lives as a direct result of COVID-19. To date, 1,055 of the state’s residents have died because of the pandemic.

On Sunday, the following individuals’ deaths were reported:

  1. Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  2. Female, older than 85, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  3. Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  4. Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  5. Male, between 65-84, Iron County resident, long-term care facility resident
  6. Male, between 65-84, Morgan County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  7. Female, older than 85, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  8. Male, older than 85, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  9. Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  10. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  11. Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  12. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  13. Female, older than 85, Weber County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  14. Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  15. Female, between 25-44, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  16. Male, older than 85, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  17. Male, between 65-84, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident

Utah Department of Health

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

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17 More Utahns Have Died From COVID-19 As State ICUs At 96.6% Capacity