People in a long line of cars are waiting to be tested for COVID-19 outside the Utah Department of Health in Salt Lake City on Monday. Utah reported a surprising 3,303 new cases on Wednesday – the highest number of single days in nearly a year. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly a year with 3,303 reported Wednesday.
During the last week of 2020 and the first week of 2021, the state saw cases skyrocket over 4,500. But the last time cases rose above 3,000 in a single day was January 5th.
“This large number is likely the result of a combination of the omicron variant and holiday events,” Utah Department of Health officials said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the number of new cases was 1,816.
“These cases affect all Utah residents. We need the help of all Utahs to minimize the outbreaks of this virus in our communities. If you feel sick, stay home and get tested. If you attend a large indoor gathering, we recommend that you wear a mask to protect yourself and those around you, “added officials.
For those who have delayed getting their booster vaccine shot or their first dose, “now is the time to get that shot,” health officials said. Appointments can be scheduled at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution/.
The rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 1,571 a day, and the average positive rate of those tested is 12%, the Utah Department of Health said. It is a jump from the previous Wednesday, December 22, when the rolling average was 981. Last week was the first time in several months that the number had dropped to below 1,000.
Across the state, 442 patients are hospitalized with coronavirus – a decrease of 11 compared to the Wednesday before.
The state reported that 15,338 people were tested for coronavirus since Tuesday, and 27,774 total tests were administered across the state.
School-age children accounted for 333 of the new cases on Wednesday – 120 cases were aged 5-10, 59 cases were 11-13, and 154 cases were 14-17.
Nearly 1,500 of the cases were “breakthroughs”, meaning among those who had been fully vaccinated with their initial vaccine dose or doses more than two weeks before being tested positive for the disease. Two breakthrough deaths were also reported. That brings the total breakthrough case since vaccines became available to 61,848, and the breakthrough deaths are now a total of 349.
Health professionals administered 12,077 additional vaccine doses since the previous day’s report, bringing the total doses given in Utah to 4,526,915. It includes booster shots.
Recent deaths included:
- A woman in Salt Lake County, 65-84, lives in a long-term care facility.
- A Salt Lake County man, 65-84 years old, hospitalized.
- A man from Tooele County, 45-64, unknown about hospitalization.
- A woman from Tooele County, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A woman in Utah County, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A woman in Utah County, 65-84, unknown about hospitalization.
- A Weber County man, over 85, hospitalized.
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