ALL NEWS

Hospitals a concern as Utah sets new record for COVID-19 cases

Oct 8, 2020, 1:40 PM | Updated: 6:16 pm

hospitalizations covid-19 cases record utah...

Source: Utah Department of Health via coronavirus.utah.gov

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials say the state set another one-day record for the increase in COVID-19 cases from the day before on Thursday. 

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,501 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, a new record, for a total of 81,947 since the outbreak began. 

But the concern goes beyond the basic numbers, according to Dr. Emily Spivak, an infectious disease physician with the University of Utah. She said ICU capacity was filling up quickly at her hospital. 

“This morning our medical intensive care unit was 95% full,” Spivak said. “We do have the capacity, and people are working to essentially build out other intensive care unit capacity, transition other units, but for us and what this reflects to me, is — we are maximizing the system.” 

There are currently 237 people hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19. 86 of those patients require intensive care unit treatment. Statewide, health officials say 73% of all ICU beds are taken. 

Spivak began to cry after she was asked what it’s like for healthcare workers dealing with rising COVID-19 cases.  She said their hospital administration is very mindful of the physical and mental stress doctors and nurses are going through, but, she constantly hears heartbreaking stories from caregivers.

“They feel very overwhelmed,” Spivak said.  “We feel supported and we have great leadership, but people are really tired.  I don’t know what else to tell you.”

The problem, according to Spivak, is people not wearing masks.  She says it’s a very simple choice to wear one, or not.

“If we choose the latter, we can all plan on remaining in this current state of uncertainty, experiencing lockdowns, virtual schools, cancelled sporting events and holidays without loved ones,” she said.

hospitalizations Utah COVID-19 cases record

Total ICU count in Utah for COVID-19. Source: Utah Department of Health via coronavirus.utah.gov

Utah COVID-19 cases record hospitalizations

Total Utah hospitalizations for COVID-19. Source: Utah Department of Health via coronavirus.utah.gov

While Utah COVID-19 cases result in hospitalization just over 5% of the time, meaning nearly 95% do not require hospitalization, about 1% wind up needing ICU care, according to figures from state health officials. Another 1% require ventilator treatment, the data shows. 

“It is a concern statewide, especially when our main referral health care centers are maxing out of their ICUs, that means there’s going to be limited capacity,” Dr. Angela Dunn, Utah’s state epidemiologist said. “As flu season ramps up and other respiratory diseases come in the fall, you know, are we going to eventually need to move towards crisis standards of care?” 

Dunn urges everyone who can get a flu vaccine to get one as soon as possible.

“You can get the flu vaccine right now and we really need everybody out there who is able to get the flu vaccine to get it to limit the strain on our health care systems.”

Utah reported five additional deaths Thursday, in patients ranging in age from 45 to over 85. Three of those were residents of long-term care facilities. The other two were neither long-term care patients nor were they patients in a hospital. 

State officials estimate 60,220 of the COVID-19 cases in Utah to date to be “recovered.” That means diagnosis was more than three weeks ago, and the patient did not die.


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

ioc delegation at park city mountain during the salt lake ioc visit...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The unspoken reason why the IOC is touring Utah

The IOC members could have stayed home and watched videos of the venues. They needed a closer look for a reason summed up best in one word. Sarajevo. 

7 hours ago

An American Fork third-grade teacher is well-known for transforming his classroom into his own vers...

Eric Cabrera

American Fork third-grade teacher transforms classroom into Hogwarts

An American Fork third-grade teacher is well-known for transforming his classroom into his own version of Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

8 hours ago

A Cedar City police logo is pictured in Cedar City on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The Cedar City Polic...

Devin Oldroyd

VIDEO: Four wheeler swerves into traffic in Cedar City

The Cedar City Police Department is investigating after a four-wheeler lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic.

9 hours ago

bald eagle...

Curt Gresseth

Who shot, killed bald eagle near Cedar City? $10,000 reward available

A $10,000 reward is available for information leading to the conviction of the perpetrator who shot and killed a protected bald eagle near Cedar City.

10 hours ago

gabby petito shown, her death inspired a law meant to prevent other domestic violence deaths...

Heather Peterson

“Gabby Petito Act” signed into law in Florida

The "Gabby Petito Act" is similar to a law adopted in Utah last year.

11 hours ago

golden bachelor Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist...

Marianne Garvey, CNN

‘Golden Bachelor’ turns into golden divorce

Just three months after marrying in a live televised ceremony, the "Golden Bachelor" couple announced their plans to divorce on “Good Morning America” Friday.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Live Nation Concerts

Artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Hospitals a concern as Utah sets new record for COVID-19 cases