Academics & Research

January 2022

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COVID-19 Update, January 25, 2022

Tracking the data from other states and their Omicron waves suggests about a three-week average to get from initial rise in new cases to peak levels of infection. Although states have different levels of preventive measures, the timeline currently appears consistent. As such, Utah cases have dropped below 10,000/day for a seven-day average, with 6,600 cases reported today. Although hospitalizations are at an all-time high in Utah, we are seeing what appears to be a plateau in admissions locally.

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Jan

19

COVID-19 Update, January 18, 2022

Current numbers of coronavirus cases appear to indicate the Omicron surge may be peaking both locally and nationally. However, we need to continue to watch trends for the next several days to account for decreased testing and reporting over the holiday weekend. A significant rise in hospitalization continues for patients in Utah who are admitted both for and with an Omicron infection. New data visualizations by U of U Health’s Erin Clouse suggest that Utah may soon see a drop in cases, as other states have seen after a 21-day surge.

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Jan

12

COVID-19 Update, January 11, 2022

Omicron has quickly spread across the entire country with a seven-day average of more than 750,000 cases per day. In Utah, we are approaching an average of 8,000 per day. We are seeing quickly increasing numbers of patients admitted to the hospital though we continue to track the severity and length of these admissions. Fortunately, and so far, we haven’t seen a parallel rise in deaths.

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Jan

11

Nourishing the Roots of Rural Health

Founded in 2018, the Rural and Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) program offers hands-on experiences for medical students interested in serving rural and underserved areas of Utah. Through outreach in rural schools, RUUTE also exposes thousands of students every year to educational and career possibilities within the health sciences.

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Jan

05

COVID-19 Update, January 4, 2022

The Omicron surge is setting records for case counts in Utah and nationwide. Transmissions of this variant are extremely high, with each new infection creating on average more than two new additional infections. These new infections then go on to infect two or more people and so forth, creating a powerful multiplying effect. As is occurring in other parts of the country and world, we anticipate a sharp drop will follow this sharp rise in cases. Until then, please practice patience and stay safe. Lastly, kick off the new year with a booster if you haven’t already, and kindly encourage others to do the same.

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