CORONAVIRUS UTAH

1,994 Utahns Test Positive For COVID As Vaccinations Continue For Health Care Workers

Dec 20, 2020, 12:51 PM | Updated: 1:14 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – An additional 1,994 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 and seven more have lost their lives to the virus, according to Sunday’s report from the Utah Department of Health.

According to the report, 557 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

To date, at least 3,648 health care workers have been immunized. However, that number is likely higher because the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System report is not updated on Sunday.

So far, 1,155 of Utah’s residents have died because of COVID-19.

Testing

UDOH reported 1,642,559 Utahns have been tested so far, which is an increase of 8,663 tests from Saturday’s report.

Of those, a total of 250,964 have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s an increase in 1,994 cases from yesterday’s numbers.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 2,442 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 22.76%.

Utah Department of Health

Hospitalizations

There are currently 557 people who are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 201 of those patients are in intensive care units. Another 25 people are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

Utah’s intensive care units are continuing to operate at capacity, with 94.8% of beds occupied.

The ICUs at the state’s 16 referral centers, which are the hospitals best equipped to treat COVID-19 patients, are 98.7% full.

Utah Department of Health

Deaths

Officials reported seven more Utahns have died as a direct result of COVID-19, bringing the state’s pandemic death toll to 1,155.

The following individuals’ deaths were reported Sunday:

  1. Male, between 65-84, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death’
  2. Female, between 65-84, Morgan County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  3. Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  4. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  5. Male, between 45-64, Sanpete County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  6. Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  7. Male, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Vaccinations

Utah has ordered a total of 23,400 vaccines, and at least 3,648 vaccines have been administered.

“Utah is currently in Phase 1 of vaccine distribution,” according to UDOH. “This means we are vaccinating healthcare personnel who work in high-risk environments from the hospitals in the state that provide care to the highest number of COVID-19 patients.”

Click here to see the state’s anticipated vaccine distribution plan.

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

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