COVID-19 in Southwest Utah

WEEKLY SOUTHWEST UTAH COVID-19 REPORT – January 13, 2022

New laboratory-confirmed cases in our 5-county district are soaring, as indicated in today’s graph, below. Most residents currently infected have the omicron variant, based on further sequence testing.
 
While most omicron cases are mild and its hospitalization and death rates are lower, it is very contagious and may still increase pressure on hospitals due to the sheer number of people being infected. Data is showing that vaccine boosters increase protection against hospitalization back up to 80-90%, even with the omicron variant. Vaccines are available on a walk-in basis at all our health department offices. For locations and times, visit swuhealth.org/covid-vaccine
State health officials are predicting the current surge to peak by the end of January. In the meantime, get vaccinated and boosted, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, and wear masks (N-95 or KN-95 are ideal, followed by surgical masks over cloth masks) when you can’t social distance in public. Use extra caution if you are elderly or have vulnerable health conditions.
 
Due to higher demand for COVID-19 testing, expect longer wait times and limited availability. For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms, testing, isolation, and quarantine, visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/protect-yourself/

Did you test positive and are high-risk due to age or health concerns? You may qualify for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment (mAb), which can help prevent serious illness and complications. Find out by taking this RISK SCORE CALCULATOR.

Daily updates on case counts and other trends are available at coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts