Utahs alarmingly high coronavirus positive rate goes up again – Salt Lake Tribune

Utah’s alarmingly high coronavirus positive rate goes up again

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Christy Danielson checks sufferers for Covid-19 on the Intermountain Healthcare Cottonwood InstaCare on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

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Utah set one other report Monday for the share of coronavirus checks which are positive, at 27.1% for the previous week — indicating a lot of contaminated residents will not be being examined and could also be spreading the virus unwittingly.

And with the two,231 new coronavirus circumstances reported Monday, Utah’s rate of recent diagnoses continued to rise.

For the previous week, the state has averaged 3,125 new positive check outcomes a day, up from about 2,300 day by day circumstances per week in the past, the Utah Division of Well being reported. There have been 7,551 new check outcomes reported Monday, far under the weeklong common of greater than 13,000 new checks per day.

The high common rate for positive checks “may very well be an indicator there are a whole lot of circumstances strolling round that we don’t learn about but,” mentioned Tom Hudachko, spokesman for the state well being division. “Often a high share positivity signifies we aren’t catching all the positive circumstances.”

The earlier high for that seven-day common rate was 24.6% on Nov. 16. After that, the typical rate slid to 21.3% on Nov. 27, “which additionally coincided with a lower in circumstances,” Hudachko mentioned.

Since then, he famous, the seven-day averages for each the positivity rate and case counts have climbed again.

Utah’s demise toll from the coronavirus climbed to 949 Monday, with 10 fatalities reported since Sunday:

  • Two Salt Lake County girls, one age 65 to 84 and the opposite older than 85.

  • A Salt Lake County man older than 85.

  • A Sanpete County man, age 65 to 84.

  • A Utah County lady, age 65 to 84.

  • A Utah County man, age 65 to 84.

  • A Weber County lady, age 65 to 84.

  • A Weber County man, age 65 to 84.

  • A Washington County lady, age 65 to 84.

  • A Washington County man, age 65 to 84.

Hospitalizations held regular, with 582 Utah sufferers concurrently admitted — a bit under Sunday’s hospital rely, however persevering with an increase within the week-lengthy common, UDOH reported.

The intensive care models had been about 91% full in Utah’s main hospitals, which obtain a lot of the state’s severely-sick COVID-19 sufferers.

Nonetheless, medical doctors and hospital directors have mentioned that determine doesn’t account for staffing fluctuations as medical doctors and nurses are compelled to quarantine. It additionally doesn’t account for the demand for specialists and gear wanted particularly by coronavirus sufferers, who now make up an unprecedented share of ICU sufferers.

Medical doctors have mentioned these sources turn out to be overstretched, inflicting the standard of care to say no, if ICUs are greater than 85% occupied.

Statewide, ICU beds have been greater than 85% full since final Wednesday. However on the giant, “referral” hospitals, ICUs have been greater than 85% full on day-after-day besides two since Nov. 11.

In whole, 8,896 Utahns have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, with 761 of these prior to now week alone.

— Reporter Sean P. Means contributed to this story.

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