This graph reveals the seven-day running average of brand-new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 from March through December 2020. It was last updated on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (Photo: Utah Department of Health) The average was up to 71.2 new hospitalizations per day since Dec. 22, which is the very first day beyond the departments duration of incomplete brand-new hospitalization data. These figures are still high, specifically compared to numbers before November. However, it reveals that following guidelines for Thanksgiving events assisted not just lower the growth of brand-new cases but likewise assisted decrease the influence on health centers.
The jury is still out on whether December holiday events will have factored in any way as the holiday season doesnt truly conclude up until after New Years Day, Friday.
Confirmed cases down, positivity rate gradually increasing
The Utah Department of Health reported 972 new cases of COVID-19 from tests handled Friday and 802 on Saturday. Those figures were the most affordable single-day boosts reported since early October. In truth, it snapped a stretch of 1,000 or more brand-new everyday cases revealed by the health department that dated back to Oct. 12. The department reported another 1,700 cases from tests Sunday, which is also well below the seven-day rolling average ahead of Christmas.
The states COVID-19 epidemiological curve and seven-day rolling average of brand-new cases have likewise been in decline given that around Dec. 10.
Outlook heading into New Years.
All the health recommendations for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa apply to New Years. That suggests health authorities recommend that individuals commemorate the holiday at house and link with other households virtually.
Intermountain Healthcare even promoted a diy New Years Eve ball leave of a styrofoam ball and a wood dowel as one way to celebrate the vacation in the house in a fun and safe way.
This graph shows the seven-day running of COVID-19 positivity rate from March through December 2020. It was last updated on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (Photo: Utah Department of Health) Experts have stated that positivity rate is a crucial fact because it can offer a much better assessment of how widespread an infection remains in a community when checking numbers extensively vary and become undependable. In this case, the positivity rate is the biggest indication that COVID-19 isnt rather leaving Utah, even if case counts are falling.
” Were certainly worried due to the fact that it represents high level of community transmission,” stated Dr. Todd Vento, a transmittable disease doctor for Intermountain Healthcare. “Hence, its why were constantly monitoring the scenario to see if theres any extra measures that we require to require to attend to that.”.
Vento stated health officials do not understand precisely why testing is presently down; nevertheless, they have seen trends throughout the pandemic and from health problems different from COVID-19. On a smaller scale, some days– like Sunday and Monday– yield less screening than other days. Those are thought to be tied to when someone is anticipated to be out in public for any factor, such as work.
” The same sort of concept after vacations,” Vento said. “Weve seen in the past where the numbers were down right away.
Given that screening was down, he stated the epidemiological curve and seven-day running average of case counts will be “possibly not as properly reflecting whats out there in the community” specifically when it takes into consideration days where screening was restricted.
Thats where the positivity rate enters play.
” You cant take a look at just the cases and the case seven-day rolling average because it will not accurately reflect an exact same number of tests that were done,” he included.
As for Utahs positivity rate, its been a roller coaster over the previous couple of weeks. After climbing up to 25.4% on Nov. 10, it fell 21.8% on Nov. 22– a couple of days before Thanksgiving.
This chart reveals the seven-day running average of brand-new COVID-19 cases from March through December 2020. It was last updated on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (Photo: Utah Department of Health).
This graph reveals Utahs COVID-19 epidemiological curve from March through December 2020. (Photo: Utah Department of Health) That stated, screening is another figure thats fallen off in that same time. More than 15,000 people were checked for COVID-19 on Dec. 9– the most tests performed after Thanksgiving, according to health department information.
The percentage of favorable tests to tests performed, typically referred to as positivity rate, has actually just increased considering that about the time that cases declined. Since Monday, Utahs seven-day rolling average positivity rate is 24.4% through that backdate of Dec. 22. Preliminary information from over the weekend indicated positivity rates more detailed to 30%, which means the number will rise in the coming days.
SALT LAKE CITY– Its refreshing to see Utahs COVID-19 epidemiological curve drop in the recent weeks after months of case increases; nevertheless, there are signs that recent case counts dont show a complete picture of COVID-19 in the state.
In a standard sense, the spread of COVID-19 can be figured out by merely looking at brand-new cases found through screening. What takes place when testing for the coronavirus isnt precisely constant?
Thats where other statistics assist piece together how COVID-19 is presently impacting the state.
Whats occurred with COVID-19 hospitalizations?
Of course, the biggest interest in COVID-19 is any effect it has on deaths and healthcare facilities. Vento stated that Utah hospitalizations due to the coronavirus have actually stabilized and even fallen a bit. Thats a welcome indication for a statewide health center system that was on the edge of complete capability.
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 normally drag brand-new cases, so the states current peak of 606 hospitalizations on Dec. 4 was primarily the outcome of climbing COVID-19 cases prior to Thanksgiving. Public health experts warned about vacation events with the fear that hospitalizations would just grow.
It appears Utahns observed the pandemic suggestions for a minimum of Thanksgiving. While many brand-new cases were still reported, it wasnt almost as many as feared. As a result, the state health department reported prior to Christmas fewer than 500 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 for the first time given that mid-November.
” While the country had a surge within a surge– (there was) a fall rise and then a post-Thanksgiving surge for the United States– we didnt see quite that level of increasing cases after Thanksgiving as we were figuring or worried about, which is great,” he said.
He included that medical facilities have actually likewise discovered to reduce stays for patients who do not need ICU care by providing at-home recovery designs so individuals are able to leave the hospital earlier.
Information may show that COVID-19 hasnt left the state even as new cases decline, but one positive sign is that new hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are on the decline.
The state health department just recently started to report the seven-day rolling average of new hospitalizations each day on top of existing hospitalization figures. Utah reached a seven-day average of 92.4 hospitalizations each day on Nov. 18. That was the day a record 116 brand-new Utahns were confessed to a medical facility due to COVID-19.
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The Utah Department of Health reported 972 new cases of COVID-19 from tests taken on Friday and 802 on Saturday. It snapped a stretch of 1,000 or more brand-new everyday cases announced by the health department that dated back to Oct. 12. In this case, the positivity rate is the largest indication that COVID-19 isnt rather leaving Utah, even if case counts are falling.
That was the day a record 116 brand-new Utahns were confessed to a medical facility due to COVID-19.
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Ventos associate, Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, another infectious illness doctor for Intermountain Healthcare, said last week he prepared for COVID-19 testing will increase after New Years Day. One of the primary factors for that, he stated, is that Utah colleges will begin their mass weekly testing of trainees who remain on school for the spring term.
As soon as that starts, the positivity rate will be another key element as screening numbers may surpass previous testing norms.
It shows that following guidelines for Thanksgiving events assisted not just lower the growth of new cases however also helped decrease the effect on medical facilities.
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