Utah reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, declines in hospital admissions
Utah reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, declines in hospital admissions

Utah reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, declines in hospital admissions

Officials reported 39 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) EMT Charles Ledbetter delivers a Covid test to a patient in their car in Salt Lake City on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

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Utah on Monday reported 3,128 new cases of coronavirus as ICU beds across the state appear to open up after operating for months over peak capacity, state data shows.

The case counts over the weekend – 1,357 on Friday, 1,121 on Saturday and 660 on Sunday – continued a downward trend that health authorities have seen since the end of January.

The Utah Department of Health also reported 39 new COVID-19 deaths Monday, including 23 people who died from COVID-19 before Jan. 14. There have been 4,300 deaths from COVID-19 in Utah since the pandemic began.

“These deaths are a sharp, sad reminder of the human strain COVID-19 continues to take on in our society,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement. “Behind each number is a family mourning the loss of a loved one, and we share in their grief.”

As of Monday, there were 123 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across the state, down 35 since Friday. ICUs at the state’s larger “referral” hospitals had a capacity of 78.2%, lower than the 85% threshold that hospital administrators have said is needed to accommodate unpredictable staff levels, new patients and the availability of specialized equipment and staff. ICUs at the major hospitals had almost continuously exceeded 85% occupancy since the end of August.

Across the country, 75.2% of all intensive care units were filled by Monday. And COVID-19 admissions dropped from 634 patients to 561, the health department reported.

According to state data, 60.6% of Utahs were fully vaccinated as of Monday. However, researchers have found that a booster is essential for preventing serious illness – and only 26.1% of all Utahns have received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

State health officials said Monday that getting vaccinated against COVID-19, including getting a booster shot, is the best way to prevent hospitalization or death if they are infected.

Find out where you can be vaccinated coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution. Find out where you can be tested coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations.

– This story is under development and will be updated.

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