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The steady jump in coronavirus cases in Utah continued on Saturday, as health officials said hospitalization for the virus rose again to record highs ̵1; 298 patients received active care.
The previous high was recorded on Friday, when 290 patients were hospitalized. A total of 4,610 people have been hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic.
In total, the state reported that 93,297 positive cases of the virus were registered in Utah, which is 1,340 more than on Friday. There were also three new deaths, bringing the total number of people who died from the virus to 540. Among such deaths were:
- A Davis County man over the age of 85 who was not hospitalized at the time of his death
- A Salt Lake County woman over the age of 85 who lived in a long-term care facility
- A Carbon County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
The jump in affairs is “volatile,” Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement released on Friday. He again called on the state of Utah to wear masks, adhere to social distance and limit the size of social gatherings.
“If we don’t do that, we can look forward to new days of sobriety,” he said.
Dr. Russell Vinik, chief medical officer at the University of Utah Hospital, said Saturday that the hospital was better at night and its capacity had decreased slightly to 94%. But he does not expect the trend to continue, and said he expects capacity to continue to rise and fall as cases rise.
“If we reached the maximum number of cases on Friday, which I hope we did, we expect it to increase in two to four weeks,” he said. “If [the daily case count] continues to rise in winter, it can be a really terrible winter. “
Broom said health workers were “physically and mentally exhausted” as the state’s coronavirus continued.
“It’s very difficult for them, and then the mental part of not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is much more difficult,” he said, urging the public to take appropriate precautions to prevent hospitals from overcrowding.
Jess Gomez, a spokeswoman for Intermountain Health Care, said Saturday that the hospital also sees a high level of bed use in intensive care units, which treats “both COVID patients and many non-COVID patients who are in intensive care. A variety of conditions.” .
“We are approaching capacity, but we are simply not there yet. But it’s very close, “he said.
As hospitalizations reach record highs, Gomez said the health worker is asking the community to “stand with us” and do everything possible to ensure that hospitals do not overcrowd patients.
“Now more than ever, we really need people to step up their actions and do their best to reduce transmission,” he said. “We keep saying the same thing, but they are critical, and unfortunately they are not used universally.”
If people follow the health guidelines, he said, “We can handle this.”
But at this point, Gomez said that “the consequences are falling on our healthcare community, which is trying to keep up with people who need hospital care for COVID and other issues.”
The State Department of Health said on Saturday that of the 298 people currently hospitalized, 96 were confirmed to be using intensive care beds. Utah intensive care beds were 75% occupied.
9,142 new test results were reported on Saturday, as the nationwide positive rate remained between 13% and 14%, which, according to government officials, is much more sick than those being tested. On Saturday, it was 14%.
Last week, the Utah Department of Health counted an average of 1,236 new positive test results per day, continuing a number of new record highs.