Utah Department of Health reports 8 more coronavirus deaths, as case counts continue to fall


Hospitalizations and intensive-care occupancy charges are also declining.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Heath care staff administer coronavirus testing within the parking zone of the Maverik Middle in West Valley Metropolis, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. This website, together with a number of different mass testing facilities within the state, ceased operation on Feb. 18.

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The Utah Division of Well being reported Tuesday that coronavirus instances and hospitalizations hold falling in Utah, following the winter omicron variant surge, whereas officers reported eight extra deaths.

The extra deaths brings Utah’s whole to 4,417, because the first loss of life almost two years in the past. The youngest of the eight reported Tuesday was a Davis County girl, age 25-44.

The division additionally counted 278 new COVID-19 instances on Tuesday, a lot decrease than the hundreds of instances per day reported in early February.

Officers additionally reported 314 COVID-19 sufferers in Utah hospitals, a dozen fewer than reported Monday, and 70 coronavirus sufferers in Utah’s intensive care models.

ICU occupancy charges are additionally declining. Officers reported that 68.3% of all Utah ICU beds have been occupied, in comparison with 71.2% the day earlier than. ICUs within the state’s bigger “referral” hospitals have been at 71.4% capability, decrease than Monday’s 73.9%.

Each Tuesday ICU figures have been properly beneath the 85% threshold that hospital directors have stated is important to go away room for unpredictable staffing ranges, new sufferers and availability of specialised gear and personnel.

A UDOH evaluation continues to point out that booster photographs considerably lower Utahns’ probabilities of dying of COVID-19. Over the previous 4 weeks:

• An unvaccinated one who contracts the virus is 4.9 occasions extra more likely to die than a completely vaccinated individual, and 13.3 occasions extra seemingly than a boosted individual.

• An unvaccinated one who contracts the virus is 2.4 occasions extra more likely to be hospitalized than a completely vaccinated individual, and 6.4 occasions extra seemingly than a boosted individual.

• An unvaccinated individual is twice as more likely to contract the virus than a completely vaccinated individual, and a couple of.5 occasions extra seemingly than a boosted individual.

Based on state knowledge, 61% of Utahns have been absolutely vaccinated as of Thursday. Nonetheless, simply 26.8% of all Utahns have acquired a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Discover the place to get vaccinated at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution. Discover the place to get examined at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations.

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Vaccine doses administered up to now day/whole doses administered • 2,928 / 4,948,377.

Variety of Utahns absolutely vaccinated • 1,983,989 — 61% of Utah’s whole inhabitants. That is a rise of two,928 up to now day.

Circumstances reported through the previous day • 278.

Vaccination standing • Well being officers don’t instantly have or launch the vaccination standing of people who check constructive, who’re hospitalized or who die. They do calculate the general threat ratios of those outcomes relying on vaccination standing, which is listed beneath.

Exams reported up to now day • A complete of three,756 individuals have been examined.

Deaths reported up to now day • 8.

Salt Lake County reported two deaths, each girls, ages 45-64 and 65-84.

The youngest individual in Tuesday’s report was a Davis County girl, age 25-44.

5 different counties every reported one loss of life: a Duchesne County man age 65-84; a Tooele County man age 65-84; a Utah County man age 65-84; a Washington County man 85 or older; a Weber County girl age 65-84.

Hospitalizations reported up to now day • 314. That’s 12 fewer than reported on Monday. Of these at the moment hospitalized, 70 are in intensive care, three fewer than Monday.

Share of constructive exams • Underneath the state’s unique technique, the speed was 7.4% up to now day. That’s decrease than the seven-day common of 14.1%.

The state’s new technique counts all check outcomes, together with repeated exams of the identical particular person. Friday’s fee was 3.2%, decrease than the seven-day common of 8.4%.

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

Totals up to now • 923,130 instances; 4,417 deaths; 33,266 hospitalizations; 9,238,416 exams administered.

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