Salt Lake City-The Utah Department of Health reported 4,672 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 13 more deaths, breaking the record for the number of reported cases in a single day.
The health department now estimates that there are 50,904 active cases of the disease in Utah.
After the state’s COVID-19 cases have steadily declined in the past few weeks, there has been a sudden increase in cases. As early as November, officials worried that Thanksgiving would soar on this day, but were happy to report that there was only a small increase after the holiday.
However, according to the figures on Thursday, there is a possibility of a surge in Christmas-related cases.
Governor-elect Spencer Cox wrote on Twitter last week due to the low test that although this is possible, the sharp increase may be that this may be the beginning of a holiday-related surge.
He wrote in a tweet: “We are worried that people will be too cautious during Christmas.”
According to the health department, the number of positive cases for 7 consecutive days is now 2,288. The daily positive test rate during this period is now 25.6%. The total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is now 1,269.
So far, of the 1,726,003 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah, 16% have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department reported that as of Thursday, 11,412 new people had been tested for COVID-19.
State data show that there are currently 510 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, of which 158 are in the intensive care unit. Since the outbreak, the current total number of hospitalizations is 10,956.
As of Thursday, about 83.2% of Utah ICU beds were occupied, including about 87% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. State data show that approximately 55.7% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied.
According to the state’s data, 30,200 COVID-19 vaccines have been vaccinated, up from 23,970 on Wednesday. Health officials pointed out that there are data reports that there has been a delay of up to 7 days from the delivery of vaccine doses to Utah, the management of patients, and the reporting to the state health department. The state reported on Wednesday that it has shipped or approved more than 125,000 vaccine doses to Utah.
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Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. A positive COVID-19 test result is reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but a negative test result may not be reported within 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported daily by the Utah Department of Health includes all COVID-19 cases since the outbreak in Utah, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and have not yet died.
The referral hospitals are 16 hospitals in Utah that can provide the best COVID-19 health care.
According to the health department, deaths reported in the state usually occur two to seven days before the death is reported. Some deaths may come from further afield, especially if the person was from Utah but died in another state.
According to the case definitions outlined by the State and Territory Council of Epidemiologists, the health department reports confirmed and possible deaths from COVID-19 cases. As the investigation of the case is completed, the death toll may change.
According to the health department, for deaths reported as COVID-19, the person would not have died without COVID-19.
The data contained in this story mainly reflects the state of Utah. For more localized data, please visit your local health district website.
For more information on Utah health guidance levels, please visit coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
The 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, please visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.