Salt Lake City – Utah’s death toll from Govt-19 topped 700 on Friday, with 14 more reported, and hospital admissions for the disease are at an all-time high in the state.
Of the 12,157 people tested, Utah health officials confirmed a further 2,150 new COVID-19 cases, with a positive rate of 12.5%. The seven-day average for positive tests is now 2,616 per day, and the average positive test rate is 23.5%.
However, officials said the case and trial numbers announced Friday were incomplete and “artificially low” due to “significant technical issues” in the Utah health department’s data system. Cases and trials left in Friday’s report will be included in Saturday’s report, meaning the day’s trial and trial number will appear to be artificially high.
The state Department of Health said the latest reports of deaths and hospitalizations were not affected by technical issues. Currently, 473 patients have been admitted to the hospital in Utah, five more than were admitted to the hospital on Thursday.
The intensive care units in Beehive State were 84.7% full overall, but the Utah Department of Health said 87% of the recommended ICUs for treating the most severe corona virus patients were full.
There is also a demand for testing as infection rates continue to rise in the state, with some residents report waiting a day or more to get a test appointment.
Authorities encourage people with symptoms to call different testing sites to find them coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations, To find one that is available.
“People should not give up if they can’t find the test site, be prepared to call around,” said Joe Tuckerdy, a spokesman for the Utah Division of Emergency Management.
“It’s okay to look around and find other places. Someone close to you should not be too comfortable, ”he said.
Meanwhile, Dagerti says the government is working to provide accurate information on where tests are available on any given day.
While PCR tests are very common in Utah, rapid antigen testing of asymptomatic individuals is increasingly considered a key factor in combating the uprising – and state officials are working to bring those test items into the state.
Utah’s current testing capacity ranges from 20,000 to 30,000 per day, including rapid antigen tests distributed to students due to a massive effort to implement weekly tests for universities and technical colleges.
According to Gary Herbert’s most recent public health order, everyone in the Utah Higher Education system must live on campus or attend at least one class a week for a weekly checkup. Colleges must implement the test after January 1st.
The organization has a total of 230,000 students – but according to a spokesman for the Utah System of Higher Education, how many actually live on campus or attend private classes.
The government decided to target its college population on the advice of Dr. Deborah Birks, coordinator of the White House Corona virus task force, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Department of Health data, 15-24 year olds make up the bulk of the state’s confirmed cases. Many are asymptomatic and may spread the disease unknowingly.
About 1 million rapid antigen tests were promised to the state by the federal government before state officials met with Birks and Redfield, but Utah officials asked for more to implement the asymptomatic test among college students, Duckerdy said.
State resources are taxed lower because antigen tests do not require processing in a laboratory. Samples are taken with less aggressive nasal cloth than taken for PCR tests, but they need someone Specific certification from centers for medical and medical services Perform the test to ensure that the integrity of the sample is maintained.
The government expects 100,000 tests to be produced by Abbott in the coming week, followed by another 125,000. Abbott tests cost $ 5, But other rapid antigen testing prices vary. The federal government sends the tests to the state of Utah at no cost.
By next weekend, the government will have sent 100,000 of those tests to colleges and universities. Meanwhile, many schools are buying their own tests to accomplish the high order.
But officials do not know how long Utah will receive antigen tests from the federal government because many states are seeing uprisings and demanding supplies. State officials continue to work on plans to continue testing asymptomatic students, anyone who would eventually want a test, Duckherdy said.
The death toll announced Friday stands at 701 in the state. They include six Salt Lake County residents: two men aged 25 to 44 and two women aged 65 to 84, all of whom were hospitalized when they died; Two men between the ages of 65 and 84, one of whom was a long-term caregiver, were not admitted to the hospital when he died.
Two Morgan County men also died – one of whom was over the age of 85, was admitted to the hospital when he died, and the other was not hospitalized between the ages of 65 and 84. The crash involved two Box Elder County women – 45 to 64 long-term care residents, and one woman over the age of 85, who was not admitted to the hospital.
A Weber County man and a Washington County man, between the ages of 65 and 84, died on admission to the hospital, as well as a Davis County man between the ages of 45 and 64. A 45- to 64-year-old Utah County woman died without being admitted to hospital.
New COVID-19 cases announced Friday by the Health District:
- Salt Lake County, 814
- Utah County, 492
- Davis County, 290
- Weber-Morgan, 165
- Southwest Utah, 122
- Bear River, 107
- Central Utah, 47
- Dulee County, 42
- Southeastern Utah, 21
- Trikundi (Unda Basin), 19
- Summit, 16
- Wasatch County, 13
- San Juan County, 2