Registered Nurse Erin Olpin is taking a COVID-19 vaccination dose at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington on January 24th. Utah health officials reported 6,776 new COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths over the past seven days. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah continues to see a slight increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, consistent with the ongoing summer increase in the disease.
That Utah Department of Health Thursday, 6,776 reported new COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths over the past seven days.
The weekly average for new cases was 968 every day. That’s just slightly above average the previous week, which was 932 cases each day.
Such figures do not include those who took home tests for COVID-19.
Hospital admissions continued to rise slowly Thursday as 215 patients were admitted with coronavirus across Utah, an increase of 23 since the previous Thursday, June 16th. Data show that 39 patients are in the intensive care unit for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The proportion of people who visited the emergency room and had COVID-19 this week also rose slightly to 4.61% compared to 4.25% last week.
Although some measurements show increases, sewage testing – which public health officials rely on to get an accurate picture of the current COVID-19 situation, as far fewer people are being tested – showed a decline for the first time in weeks.
Now, 47.1% of sewage test sites have confirmed elevated or rising virus levels, compared to a maximum of 73.5% the previous week.
While the stealth omicron variant – which doctors believe is more transmissible but less deadly than previous variants, remains prominent – a new subvariant is beginning to take into account many of the recent cases, according to data from the State Department of Health.
That variant BA.2.12.1, another strain of omicron, began to become dominant throughout the United States in late spring, overtaking the stealth omicron variant. Data show that it started catching up with stealth omicron in early May. While research into the new variant is still ongoing, experts say it, like omicron, seems very transferable, but less serious. The variant may also be more likely to cause reinfection compared to other variants, Vox reported.