With a seven-day moving average of 100.4 new cases per 100,000 residents, Utah is the sixth state with the worst rate of new Coronavirus infections in the United States.
According published data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC for its acronym in English, ‘hive status’ is only surpassed in that creepy index by the states of Rhode Island, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma and California, and is followed by Tennessee, New York, South Carolina, and Georgia to complete the top 10 places.
The state with the moving average of the last seven days lower nationwide is Hawaii, with 12.5 new daily cases per 100,000 residents.
Rates in Rhode Island and Arizona, the nation’s two worst states for new infections, exceed those of any other country in the world. Arizona is the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic when all indicators are considered.
But Utah is not much further behind.
On Sunday, the Utah Department of Health reported 2,276 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths, that number dropped to 1,484 new cases Monday with 9 new deaths. Utah’s seven-day moving average of positive cases is now at 30.5%.
The trend shown by local Utah indicators predicts that more intensive care beds and more skilled health workers will be needed, in a state where those resources are practically exhausted.
As of Monday, approximately 85% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are occupied, including approximately 87% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. The data also shows that approximately 50% of the regular hospital beds in the state are occupied.