SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s COVID-19 death toll rose 2,736 on Tuesday, with another 16 reported deaths, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The Department of Health now estimates that there are 49,569 active cases of the disease in Utah. According to the health department, the average number of positive cases of seven days a day is now at 2,035. The positive test rate per day for that period is now 24.7%.
The new numbers point to a 1% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 1,705,452 people tested so far for COVID-19 in Utah, 15.9% tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported that 7,347 new people were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, and 13,954 more tests were performed, according to state data.
There are currently 506 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, state data shows. Of these, 164 are in beds for guard units across the state. About 80% of all ICU beds are occupied in Utah as of Tuesday, including about 82% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. About 46% of the non-ICU hospital beds are occupied, state data show.
A total of 20,417 COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered, up from 17,543 on Monday, according to state data. Health officials note that there is a delay in data departing up to seven days from the vaccination of doses to Utah, administered to patients and reported to the state health department. According to the Department of Health, 102,025 doses of vaccine are currently being shipped to Utah.
The 16 deaths reported on Tuesday were:
- A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A man from Utah County who was over 85 and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Box Elder County woman who was between 45 and 64 years old and was admitted to the hospital when she died
- A Uintah County man who was between 45 and 64 years old and was admitted to the hospital when he died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when she died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between 45 and 64 years old and was hospitalized when she died
- Three men in Salt Lake County who were between 65 and 84 years old and were hospitalized when they died
- A Cache County man over the age of 85 who was admitted to hospital when he died
- A woman in Utah County who was between 65 and 84 and hospitalized when she died
- A Davis County man over the age of 85 who was a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Washington County man who was between 45 and 64 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
- A Washington County man who was between 65 and 84 years old and was admitted to the hospital when he died
- A man from Kane County who was between 65 and 84 and was admitted to hospital when he died
The total number Tuesday in Utah confirmed 269,326 cases, with 10,763 hospitalizations and 1,235 deaths due to the disease. According to the Department of Health, 218,522 COVID-19 cases in Utah are now considered recovery.
No COVID-19 news conference is scheduled for this week.
Test results now contain data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported each day by the Utah Department of Health includes all cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of Utah, including those currently infected, those recovering from the disease, and those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and did not die.
Reference hospitals are the 16 Utah hospitals that can provide the best COVID-19 health care.
According to the Department of Health, deaths usually occurred two to seven days before they were reported. Some deaths can come back even further, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.
The Department of Health reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths according to the definition of the case set out by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death rates could change as case investigations are completed.
For deaths reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they had not had COVID-19, according to the Department of Health.
Data included in this story mainly reflects the state of Utah as a whole. Visit the website of your local health district for more localized data.
More information on Utah’s health education levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
Information comes from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and browse to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.