CDC: Utah is 4th highest state in the nation for new COVID-19 cases

Jan 10, 2021, 1:33 PM | Updated: Jan 11, 2021, 8:24 am
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that Utah is among the states with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases.

That agency reports that Utah is fourth in the nation for new cases, per 100,000 residents of the state, behind Arizona, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

This information comes as the state confirmed on Sunday that 2,276 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19.

That number, according to the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) brings the total number of positive cases in Utah to 305,999.


Sunday’s total from UDOH also shows that more than 100,000 people have now received a portion of their vaccination and that more than 1,800,000 Utahns have been tested for the disease responsible for a global pandemic.


Tests and hospitalizations

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 3,212 per day according to Utah health officials. The rolling 7-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 31.5%. 
One of the statistics being given particular attention is the number of people hospitalized in Utah with COVID-19. The concern rests with the capacity of Utah hospitals to sustain care for both COVID-19 and other patients requiring specialized attention. 
Right now there are 541 people hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout Utah.  


On Sunday, Utah health officials reported that 1,392 Utahns have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.  That includes 2 additional deaths since UDOH’s last report (which was on Saturday.)

Both of the Utahns who recently died from COVID-19 (one male and one female) resided in Washington County. Both were hospitalized at the time of their deaths, and both were between the ages of 65 and 85.

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.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • 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

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