Dunn said hospitals in Utah have been "stable" until this week. The state dashboard reports a 27.3% increase in the seven-day average of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and a 35.3% jump in seven-day average cases in the ICU.
"The silver lining in this increase is that it's definitely not as steep," she said. "It's happening at a slower pace."
Dunn said the increase in cases could be from new Omicron subvariants and vaccination/booster shot immunity wearing off.
"We're starting to see that increase and with that, an increase in positivity," said Dunn. "So we're now seeing 25% to 30% positivity."
She said current positivity rates mirror similar peaks seen in early 2021 and beyond.
"The people-over-people method is up 625% since April 2," she explained. "The testing-over-testing method is up 850%."