Utah reports more than 7,200 new COVID-19 cases, most ever in a single day


“Omicron has changed the landscape since its appearance last month,” the Health Ministry announced in a press release.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Christopher Lee, left, is tested for COVID-19 at a center operated by the Granite School District and the Salt Lake County Health Department near Thomas Jefferson Junior High in Kearns, Tuesday, April 4. January, 2022.

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The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday reported 7,247 cases of the new coronavirus – the most cases ever reported in a single day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Omicron has changed the game since its appearance last month,” the health ministry said in a press release, referring to the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant. “The number of cases we are reporting today is more than we reported in the first 68 days of the pandemic, combined.”

Prior to that, Utah’s single-day record for new cases fell on December 30, 2020, when 4,706 new coronavirus cases were reported. That’s 2,541 fewer cases than Wednesday’s report.

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is now 4,317 – the second day in a row, having set a record. The seven-day average on Tuesday was 3,754.

“Unfortunately, we can expect this number to be high and possibly higher over the next few weeks as Omicron sweeps through our community,” said state epidemiologist Dr Leisha Nolen.

In a statement, the Department of Health advised: “We have tools to combat Omicron, but they won’t work if people don’t use them.”

Nolen urges Utahns who have given up on vaccinations or boosters to take action on vaccination.

“Our hospitals have already exceeded their capacity and are having to cancel procedures. Please, shoot! ‘ Nolen said in a statement. “Think about your plan and limit your exposure to others and when you can’t, put on that mask!”

The state Department of Health on Wednesday also confirmed 44 more deaths from COVID-19. 23 of those deaths occurred before December 1 and have only been confirmed to be caused by coronavirus after further testing. The rest – 21 deaths – were reported yesterday.

UDOH reported Wednesday that 91.3% of all ICU beds in Utah and 94.3% 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, 38% are being treated for COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health recommends: “Vaccinations and boosters have been shown to reduce morbidity, hospitalizations and deaths. : They are the most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. ”

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– This story is under development and will be updated. Utah reports more than 7,200 new COVID-19 cases, most ever in a single day

Yasmin Harisha

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