462 more COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Utah Monday; sites advertised for quick testing

SALT LAKE CITY – A further 462 COVID-19 cases were reported Monday with two more deaths, according to Utah Department of Health officials.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per Day is now at 951 according to the health department. According to the agency’s data, the average fell below 1,000 on Friday for the first time since October 2.

There were 3,313 more Utahns tested and 6,644 more total tests reported on Monday. The state’s seven-day moving average “people over people” positivity fell to 14.1%, while the state’s “test over test” rate fell to 6.4%.

Health department officials said a Weber County man and a man in Utah County died of coronavirus. Both were between 65 and 84 years old, and both were hospitalized at the time of their deaths.

State data shows that there are now 274 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, as the number of COVID-19 admissions also continues to decline. The state intensive care units for referral centers were listed with 79% capacity and ICUs were at 75% capacity throughout Monday. Both figures are now under maximum utilization and slightly above the state target of 77% for referral centers and 72% for state ICUs.

While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, the number of COVID-19 vaccinations is slowly increasing – which is another positive sign. The state reports 1,033 more COVID-19 vaccinations since its update Sunday. A total of 525,033 Utahns have now received the COVID-19 vaccine since December last year.

Monday’s total number gives Utah 361,756 total confirmed cases since March 2020 with 14,209 hospitalized in total and 1,796 total deaths due to the disease.

There is no COVID-19 news conference scheduled for Monday as government offices are closed for the holidays. The next briefing is scheduled for Thursday.

The health department announces more free quick tests

The state Department of Health also announced Monday locations and times for more free rapid antigen testing throughout Utah over the next week. The sites were selected based on higher regional positivity rates, low test sites, wastewater sampling, and other monitoring data.

There are a total of 13 test sites in 10 different counties throughout this week. The health department encourages anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to be tested, but residents can be tested even if they have no symptoms.

Anyone seeking to be tested is encouraged to register online before receiving a test. People may arrive at a test site without registering, but they may have to wait longer. Sign up for quick testing this week can be found here.

Box Elder County

  • Bear River Middle School (300 E. 1500 in Garland): 3.30pm to 7pm Wednesday and Thursday.

Cache County

  • Ridgeline High School (180 N. 300 West in Millville): Kl. 19 to Friday and Saturday.
  • Hyrum Senior Center (695 E. Main in Hyrum): 8 to 15 Monday and dinner until 19:00 on Tuesday.

Duchesne County

  • Duchesne Justice Court (21554 W. 9000 South of Duchesne): 07:30 to 14:00 on Thursday.

Grand County

  • Southeast Utah Health Department (575 S. Kane Creek in Moab): 6 p.m. 8 to kl. 15 Friday and dinner until kl. 19 Saturday.

Juab County

  • Juab School District Office (346 E. 600 North in Nephi): 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Salt Lake County

  • Herriman High School (11917 S. Mustang Trail in Herriman): 3.30pm to 7pm Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (12691 S. 3600 West in Riverton): 6 p.m. 19 to 19

Sevier County

  • Central Utah Public Health Department (70 Westview Drive in Richfield): 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 12 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Summit County

  • South Summit School District (285 E. 400 South in Kamas): 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Park City High School (1750 Kearns Bvld. I Park City): Kl. 19 to 19 Monday and Tuesday.

Tooele County

  • Wendover Fire Station (151 9th Street in Wendover): 6 p.m. 18 to 18 Monday and Tuesday.

Wasatch County

  • Wasatch County Events Complex (415 Southfield Road in Heber City): Dinner to 7pm Wednesday.

Many of the sites will provide drive-thru testing, while others will be conducted inside buildings. Masks and physical distance are encouraged for anyone waiting in line for a test.

The health department advises that since antigen testing is less sensitive than PCR testing, there is a possibility of false negative results.

“If a person has symptoms and tests negative on the rapid antigen test, or if a person does not have symptoms and tests positive on the rapid antigen test, they will be referred for a follow-up, confirmation of PCR test,” the department wrote .

Methodology:

Test results now include data from PCR testing and antigen testing. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported within 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 outbreaks began, including those currently infected, those recovering 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 hospitals in Utah with the ability to provide the best COVID-19 health care.

Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days before, when reported, according to the health department. Some deaths can come even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.

The Department of Health reports both confirmed and probable deaths in the case of COVID-19 according to the case definition outlined by the State Council and territorial epidemiologists. The death toll may change as case investigations are completed.

For deaths 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 reflect the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district website.

More information on Utah’s guidance levels can be found 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 Health Department collects 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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