Utah reports highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases in nearly a year


Officials say this increase could be the result of holiday gatherings and the omicron variation.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) A steady stream of vehicles filled with people waiting to be tested for Covid19 by members of the Utah Department of Health is at the Cannon Health Building, December 27, 2021. On Wednesday On Wednesday, the Utah Department of Health reported 3,303 new coronavirus cases in the past day – 82% more than the day before and the highest one-day increase reported in nearly a year.

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On Wednesday, the Utah Department of Health reported 3,303 new coronavirus cases in the past day – 82% more than the previous day (1,816) and the highest single-day increase reported in nearly a year, when 3,842 new cases were announced in January. 7.

According to a statement from the Department of Health, the reported increase could be the result of omicron variation and holiday gatherings.

“If you feel sick, stay at home and get checked out,” the Ministry of Health recommends.

Officials also recommend that Utahns wear face masks during large indoor gatherings. And if you have not been immunized against COVID-19, or have delayed getting your booster dose, “now is the time to get it,” the statement read. Vaccination and booster appointments can be scheduled online.

The seven-day average of new coronavirus infections is now 1,571.

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday also confirmed seven more COVID-19 deaths. The state’s death toll since the pandemic began is 3,781 people.

Number of children vaccinated continues to increase: 93,954 Children 5-11 years of age have received at least one dose since eligibility. That’s 25.8 percent of children that age in Utah, according to the Department of Health. And 61,198 of those children were fully immunized – 16.8% of that age.

Intensive care units in the state remain near full capacity. UDOH reported Wednesday that 93.5% of all ICU beds in Utah and 95% of ICU beds in larger medical centers across the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any number above 85% to be functionally adequate.) Of all ICU patients, 36.6% are being treated for COVID-19.

The dose of vaccine administered in the last day / total doses administered • 12,077 / 4,526,915.

Number of fully immunized Utahns • 1,897,013 – 58% of the total population of Utah. That’s a gain of 4,325 in the past day.

Vaccination status • Health officials do not have or immediately announce the vaccination status of individuals who test positive, are hospitalized, or die. They calculate the overall risk ratio of these outcomes depending on vaccination status, which you can see below.

Cases reported in the past day • 3.303.

Cases in school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 333 new cases announced Wednesday – 10.1% of the total. There are 120 cases reported in children aged 5-10 years; 59 cases in children 11-13; and 154 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in the past day • 15.338 who were tested for the first time. A total of 27,774 people have been tested.

Deaths reported in the past day • Seven.

Two Salt Lake County residents have died – a man and a woman between the ages of 65-84. There have also been two deaths in Utah County – both women 65-84.

And Tooele County reported two deaths – a 45-64 man, and a 65-84 woman. A Weber County man 85 years or older also died.

Number of hospital admissions reported in the past day • 442. That number is more than four times that of Tuesday’s report. Of those currently hospitalized, 178 are in intensive care – seven more than what was reported on Tuesday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate was 21.5% in the past day. This is 12% higher than the seven-day average.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 11.9%, well above the seven-day average of 8.2%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Risk ratio • Over the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 17.3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who were vaccinated, according to an analysis by the Utah Department of Health. Unvaccinated people were also 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 3.4 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus.

Total so far • 633.429 cases; 3,781 people died; 27,446 hospitalizations; 4,230,510 people were tested. Utah reports highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases in nearly a year

Yasmin Harisha

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