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The steady increase in coronavirus cases in Utah continued on Saturday, as health officials reported hospitalization from the virus rose again to record height, with 298 patients receiving active care .
The previous high was recorded on Friday, when 290 patients were hospitalized. In total, 4,610 people were hospitalized due to the onset of the pandemic.
In total, the state reported 93,297 positive cases of the virus in Utah, an increase of 1,340 since Friday. There were also three new deaths, bringing the total number of people killed from the virus to 540. The deaths include:
- A Davis County man aged 85 and not hospitalized at the time of death
- A woman in Salt Lake County, aged 85 and living in a long-term care facility
- A person in Carbon County between the ages of 65 and 84 was hospitalized at the time of death
The increase in cases is “unsustainable,” Governor Gary Herbert said in a statement released in a coronavirus report on Friday. And he urged again, the Utahns, to wear masks, distance themselves from society and limit the size of social gatherings.
“Unless we do these things, we can expect to see more remarkable days,” he said.
Jess Gomez, a spokeswoman for Intermountain Health Care, said Saturday that the hospital also sees high use of intensive care bed units, treating “both COVID patients as well as many patients who do not. COVID in intensive care for a variety of conditions. “
“We are close to the ability but we are not there yet. But it is very close,” he said.
As hospitals reached the highest record, Gomez said the health care provider is asking for the community to “stand with us” and do their part to prevent patients from overwhelming the hospitals.
“Now more than ever we really need people to stand up and do everything they can to reduce deliveries,” he said. “We keep saying the same things but they are important and unfortunately they are not used by the general.”
If people follow public health guidelines, he said, “we can handle it.”
But at this point, Gomez said, “the consequences lie in our health care community struggling to keep up with people in need of hospital care for COVID and other issues.”
The state Department of Health reported that of the 298 people currently hospitalized, 96 were confirmed using intensive care unit beds. Utah ICU beds were 75% occupied until Saturday.
There were 9,142 new test results reported on Saturday, as the statewide positive rate remained in the range of 13% to 14% state officials said indicating that more people were injured than tested . On Saturday, it was at 14%.
Last week, the Utah Department of Health rose 1,236 new positive test results a day, on average, continuing a series of new records.
This story will be updated.