CORONAVIRUS UTAH

15 Utahns Die From COVID-19; State Begins Administering Vaccines

Dec 15, 2020, 12:53 PM | Updated: 1:35 pm
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FILE (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials have reported 1,915 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19, and 15 more have died as a result of the virus.

A total of 1,077 of the state’s residents have died because of the pandemic.

Currently, 533 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Utah health care systems on Tuesday began administering the vaccine. The first doses are being given to frontline workers.

Testing

The Utah Department of Health reported a total of 1,589,855 people have been tested for the virus so far. That’s an increase of 9,012 tests from Monday.

Of those, a total of 237,878 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19, which is an increase of 1,915 cases from yesterday’s report.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 2,540. The rolling seven-day average for percent of positive tests ticked down slightly to 23.2%. The average for percent of tests has been slowly decreasing over the past several days.

Utah Department of Health

Hospitalizations

There are currently 553 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 203 of those people are in intensive care units. Another 15 patients are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

Utah’s ICUs are currently 89.2% full. Due to the number of caregivers, the state’s capacity for quality ICU care is 85%.

The state’s referral center ICU beds are 92.8% 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

Health officials reported 15 more Utahns have lost their lives because of COVID-19, which brings the state’s pandemic death toll to 1,077.

On Tuesday, the following individuals’ deaths were reported:

  1. Female, between 45-64, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  2. Male, between 65-84, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  3. Male, between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  4. Male, between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  5. Female, older than 85, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  6. Female, between 65-84, Duchesne County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  7. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  8. Female, between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  9. Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  10. Male, between 25-44, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  11. Male, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  12. Male, between 65-84, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  13. Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  14. Female, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  15. Male, older than 85, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Utah Department of Health

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

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15 Utahns Die From COVID-19; State Begins Administering Vaccines