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Health Officials Report 27 More Utahns Have Died As A Result Of COVID

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials reported 2,899 more Utahn have tested positive for COVID-19, and 27  more have lost their lives because of the virus.

The state also reported an additional 2,289 cases that were backfilled, according to UDOH. Some were identified as early as June 2020 but were not included in case counts due to incomplete or unverified address information for the person who tested positive.

“Until now, UDOH has counted cases with a positive lab result and a verifiable Utah address,” the health department wrote in its daily report. “Beginning today, cases with incomplete or unverified address information will be counted as Utah cases, unless or until the case can be verified as not being a Utah resident.”

Nine of the 27 people whose deaths were reported Wednesday lost their lives prior to Dec. 23, 2020, according to the report.

Currently, there are 566 people hospitalized with coronavirus.

This article is being updated. For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

Testing

UDOH reports a total of 1,855,385 Utahns have been tested so far. That’s an increase of 12,727 people tested from yesterday.

Of those, a total of 314,817 have tested positive for COVID-19, which is 2,289 more cases since Tuesday’s report.

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 2,840 per day, and the rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 27.8%.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 566 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 194 of those are in intensive care units. Another 46 people are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

Utah’s ICUs are 89.8% full. The ICU beds in the state’s referral centers are 92.6% full. Both numbers are above the state’s threshold for quality ICU care, which is 85% capacity.

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.

Deaths

Health officials reported 27 more people have died as a direct result of the virus, and nine of those Utahns died prior to Dec. 23, 2020.

To date, 1,449 of the state’s residents have died because of COVID-19.

The following individuals’ deaths were reported Wednesday:

15 men:

  • older than 85, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • older than 85, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • older than 85, Davis County resident, not hospitalized
  • between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Carbon County resident, not hospitalized
  • older than 85, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • between 65-84, Uintah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death

12 women:

  • between 65-84, Iron County resident, not hospitalized
  • between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • older than 85, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • between 65-84, Tooele County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Uintah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • between 65-84, Tooele County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • older than 85, Juab County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • older than 85, Washington County resident, not hospitalized
  • between 25-44, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Vaccinations

UDOH reported 124,884 vaccines have been administered in Utah, which is 14,354 more than on Tuesday.

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

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