Utah COVID-19 case rates hit new high as 76k new cases reported last week

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Young school girl doing a COVID self-test at home.
Young school girl doing a COVID self-test at home.

New coronavirus cases went up again in Utah in the week ending Sunday, rising 10.8% as 75,655 cases were reported. The previous week had 68,298 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The increase came despite a previous direction from Gov. Spencer Cox that residents, in order to make tests easier to access for those with real need, should assume they have the virus if they have symptoms and not bother getting tested.

Utah ranked fourth among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 14.9% from the week before, with 4,770,122 cases reported. With 0.96% of the country's population, Utah had 1.59% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 27 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many counties did not report during data during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, disrupting the current and previous weeks' statistics. Week-to-week comparisons are skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.

Within Utah, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Wasatch County with 2,675 cases per 100,000 per week; Utah County with 2,602; and Tooele County with 2,595. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Salt Lake County, with 28,818 cases; Utah County, with 16,552 cases; and Davis County, with 8,887. Weekly case counts rose in five counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Utah, Davis and Tooele counties.

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Utah ranked 29th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 69% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Utah reported administering another 28,309 vaccine doses, including 20,877 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 70,019 vaccine doses, including 15,732 first doses. In all, Utah reported it has administered 4,699,518 total doses.

In Utah, 79 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 64 people were reported dead.

A total of 825,989 people in Utah have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 4,030 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States, 70,700,678 people have tested positive and 866,540 people have died.

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Utah's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 23.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,226

  • The week before that: 992

  • Four weeks ago: 455

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 188,864

  • The week before that: 197,883

  • Four weeks ago: 99,261

Hospitals in 25 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 22 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 30 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on St. George Spectrum & Daily News: Omicron-fueled covid spike continues in Utah; 76k new cases last week

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