Coronavirus cases in Utah have slightly decreased since last week, according to the most recent COVID-19 metrics, which were published on Thursday. Nevertheless, wastewater treatment facilities continue to report high levels of the virus in sewers. A youngster was among the 16 newly reported COVID-19 deaths, the state said on Thursday. She was from Salt Lake County, between the ages of 0 and 14, according to officials.
This week, there were 5,866 new coronavirus cases reported by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, which is approximately 1,000 less than there were on July 21 of last year, the last time the state disclosed data. Additionally, the state noted that in the previous week, hundreds fewer examinations were administered. Both the seven-day average case counts and test positivity rates decreased by about 14.7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, in Utah.
At-home testing is still widely used among residents, which can skew test results. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that six counties—Tooele, Salt Lake, Summit, Wasatch, Grand, and San Juan—all have high COVID-19 community levels. When visiting indoor public spaces, the CDC advises residents of those counties to wear masks and maintain social distance.
The Utah Department of Corrections reports 16 total COVID-19 related deaths following the recent release of examination results from the of Utah Office of the Medical Examiner. https://t.co/3LcipKFK9r
— UTDeptofCorrections (@UtahCorrections) March 19, 2021
Health officials claimed last week that the BA.5 omicron subvariant was causing the ongoing upsurge after Utah officially reached 1 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations were largely consistent with last week. 252 patients were hospitalized on Thursday, up 10 from the previous week, according to DHHS. According to state data, the average number of patients in hospitals and the seven-day average of newly admitted coronavirus patients both barely changed.
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Utah has seen 4,900 COVID-19 fatalities as of Thursday. DHHS declined to offer any additional details regarding the child’s death in Salt Lake County that was reported this week. To track the virus, health officials have also been keeping an eye on sewage data, which is currently a more accurate indicator of COVID-19 spread than testing.
According to the Department of Environmental Quality, coronavirus levels in sewage samples were found to be elevated at 31 out of its 33 wastewater treatment facilities. The COVID-19 levels at the other three sites were on “watch” status, which indicates that they are worrying but not elevated. While most sites saw levels remain the same, ten of those sites indicated levels had grown since the last analysis. At three locations, the levels were dropping.
Detailing the updated figures:
The ratio of recent vaccination doses to overall doses is 16,083 to 5,315,067. The total number of fully immunized Utah is 2,039,057, or 62.7 percent of the state’s population. An additional 969,576 Utahns, or 29.8% of the population, are added. 5,866 cases were reported in the previous week. In the last week, there were 837 cases recorded on average every day. Reports of deaths throughout the last week: 16.
A girl aged 0–14, a man and woman aged 45–64, a man aged 65–84, and three men and a woman all aged 85 or older were all recorded as having died in Salt Lake County. A lady between the ages of 45 and 64, a man and a woman between the ages of 65 and 84, and a man and a woman 85 years or older all passed away in Utah County.
A woman aged 65 to 84 and a man aged 85 or older have both passed away, according to Weber County. There was a woman’s death in Juab County who was 85 years old or older. This past week, 274 Utahns were admitted to hospitals, according to reports. More people were still in the hospital as of Thursday than the previous week, with a total of 252. The number of patients in intensive care increased slightly from the 40 reported the week prior to 44.
percent of tests that are positive • When all test results are taken into account, including repeat tests on the same person, 26.5 percent of the tests performed returned positive results, down from 28.1 percent at this time last week. 34 percent of the tests performed produced positive results when repeated tests on the same person are not included, a little decrease from the 36.3 percent figure from the previous week.