University of Utah student Justin Ellis prepares to swab his nostril for a rapid COVID-19 test at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The university has launched an initiative to test 32,000 students for COVID-19 before the Thanksgiving break.

Another 2,146 COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths were reported Tuesday in Utah

Salt Lake City – Utah number Covid-19 Cases increased by 2,146 on Tuesday, with 26 more deaths reported, according to Utah Department of Health.

The Ministry of Health stated that 15 of those deaths occurred before December 22. The State Medical Examiner’s office conducts investigations into each death to determine whether COVID-19 is the cause, which could delay reporting those deaths by several weeks.

Department of Health data now shows an estimated 54,792 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. According to the Ministry of Health, the average number of positive cases circulating for seven days per day is now 2,946. The rate of positive tests per day for that time period is now 29.3%.

State data shows that there are 560 COVID-19 patients currently in hospital in Utah, including 187 in intensive care. About 85% of ICU beds in Utah were occupied as of Tuesday, including about 89% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals.

A total of 110,530 vaccines were given in the state, up from 103,547 on Monday.

The new numbers indicate a 0.7% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 1,843,113 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah to date, 16.9% have tested positive for the disease. The total number of tests taken increased by 17,782 as of Monday, and 11,991 of them were tests in people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.

Tuesday’s totals gave Utah 309,629 the total confirmed cases, with a total of 1,2059 hospitalizations and 1,422 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 253,415 COVID-19 cases in Utah are now considered to have recovered.

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There is no press conference on COVID-19 scheduled for Tuesday. Utah officials usually provide updates at press conferences once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the Ministry of Health upon confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.

The total number of cases reported by the Utah Health Department each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since the start of the Utah outbreak, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease and those who have died.

A recovered case is defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three weeks or more ago and has not died.

Referral Hospitals are 16 hospitals in Utah that have the capacity to provide the best healthcare for COVID-19.

State-reported deaths typically occur two to seven days before the date they were reported, according to the Health Department. Some of the deaths may have been from further afield, especially if the person was from Utah but died in another state.

The Ministry of Health has reported confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths according to the case definition set by the State Council and regional epidemiologists. The number of deaths is subject to change as investigations into the case are completed.

For the deaths reported as COVID-19 deaths, a person would not have died if they had not had COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health.

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The data in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more local data, visit the local health district website.

More information about Utah health advisory levels is available at //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/guide/ Coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

Information from the Utah Department of Health Coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information about how the Utah Department of Health collects and reports COVID-19 data, visit Coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts Scroll down to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.

Jacob Kloppenstein

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