Utah again sees large daily COVID-19 rise with 553 new cases Tuesday

Mary Hickman and Mason Francom, of TestUtah, take down Emily Johnson's information at a COVID-19 testing site near the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Mary Hickman and Mason Francom, of TestUtah, take down Emily Johnson’s information at a COVID-19 testing site near the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Nearly 2⁄3 of state’s ICU beds full; non-ICU bed usage rises 10% within 3 days

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases doesn’t appear to be slowing down as the state reported 553 new positive tests on Tuesday.

Now, 22,217 cases have been confirmed in Utah since the pandemic began out of 340,753 tests, a positive rate of 6.5%, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Current hospitalizations with the novel coronavirus now stand at 205 — 83 of whom are in intensive care units. Intensive care units throughout the state are 62.4% full, but non-ICU use has risen more than 10% within the past three days.

Now, 65.3% of non-ICU hospital beds are in use compared to 53.6% on Saturday.

Of the state’s nearly 1,300 ventilators, 184 are being used by COVID-19 patients and others.

Four more deaths were also reported Tuesday. Health officials identified them as a Salt Lake County resident; a southwest Utah resident; a Weber-Morgan resident; and a San Juan County man over age 50 who was hospitalized when he died. Additional details about the deaths were not immediately available.

Those four bring the state’s death toll to 172.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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