SALT LAKE CITY — The gradual decline of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Utah continued Sunday as the state health department reported 1,194 new cases, as well as two additional deaths from the disease.
The department also says 10,176 more Utahns have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, for a total of 310,692 doses now administered. More than 63,000 Utahns have now received a second vaccine dose, required for maximum effectiveness.
Currently, 413 Utahns are hospitalized because of the coronavirus, including 131 in intensive care. That’s dipped statewide ICU capacity back just below the 85% mark, the point at which hospitals consider ICUs to be “functionally full.”
Over the past week, the state is averaging 1,464 new cases reported per day and a positive test rate of 16.9%.
The new numbers come as 12,862 more test results were reported since Saturday, including of 6,472 Utahns test who hadn’t been tested before.
Overall, Sunday’s update brings the state to 346,624 confirmed cases; 1,665 deaths; 3,339,677 total tests conducted on 2,024,647 different people; and 13,468 related hospitalizations.
The two deaths reported were of an Iron County woman over age 85 who was hospitalized when she died; and a Weber County man between ages 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized.
There is no COVID-19 news conference from state officials scheduled for over the weekend. Gov. Spencer Cox and health officials will update the public on the state’s pandemic response later this week; the conference usually occurs on Thursdays.
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after they are confirmed, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since Utah’s outbreak began, including those who are currently infected, those who have recovered 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 has not died.
Referral hospitals are the 16 Utah hospitals with the capability to provide the best COVID-19 health care.
Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days prior to when they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be from even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.
The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths per the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.
For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.
Data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district’s website.
More information about Utah’s health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
Information is 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 scroll down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.
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