Utah Hospitals: ICU's 101% Capacity

Jan 18, 2021

Credit KPCW

Monday, the Utah Department of Health reports 1500 people have died from COVID-19. That is an increase of seven people since yesterday. (Sunday) Public health concerns that hospitals are close to capacity continues as a statewide issue.  

  Summit County Council passed a proclamation last week to participate in a moment of silence on Tuesday (January 19), acknowledging the lives lost since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Residents are encouraged to stand at 3:30 MDT in tribute and memory to honor all Americans who have succumbed to COVID-19.

Of the seven reported deaths in Utah Monday, three were between the age of 25 to 44. Two were 45 to 64, and two 65 to 84 years old.

Utah’s rolling 7-day average for positive cases is 2,154, and the 7-day average positive rate is 21.1%.

Summit and Wasatch Counties report no new deaths for Sunday. Summit County has lost 6 people, and Wasatch County,16 since the outbreak.For Sunday, Summit County reports 19 new cases, and Wasatch County reports 22 new cases.

Statewide, a near record-high number of 568 patients are in the hospital. Hospitals report ICU beds are 101% full with about 44% COVID-19 patients. A holiday spike is blamed. More than 12,500 people have been hospitalized since the first cases were identified in January last year.

168,908 Utahn’s have received vaccines. Both Wasatch and Summit County continue to have a very high rate of case counts, incidents, and average daily rates. Summit and Wasatch County public health departments did not report COVID-19 numbers on this MLK holiday. Summit County shows 135 hospitalizations, and Wasatch shows 86.