No New COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Last Day; 5 In Last Week
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in the latest numbers issued by the Utah Department of Health. There were 248 additional cases, with over 17,000 more vaccines administered.
The number of people hospitalized for the virus was 133.
The total number of Utahns lost to COVID-19 remained at 2,164 – just five more in the last week.
Health officials reported a total of 2,490,394 Utah residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus – an increase 4,112 since Saturday.
Officials reported 392,757 residents have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began – an increase of 248 cases in the last day. Of those tested since Saturday, 6 percent were positive. There has been an increase of 2,653 cases in the last week.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 394 per day – down two since last Saturday. The rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests was 7.1 percent.
Including people who have been tested more than once, 4,475,591 million tests have been administered in the state.
At least one dose of the vaccine has been administered to 1,190,819 people in Utah, which has been opened up to anyone over the age of 16.
The state has administered 1,897,531 first and second vaccinations. Of those vaccinated,791,340 people have been fully immunized with both doses – over 112,000 in the last week.
According to numbers reported by the health department, 17,268 vaccines have been administered since numbers reported Saturday, and nearly 195,000 in the last week.
Nearly 2.2 million vaccines have been delivered to the state.
The health department reported 133 people were being treated for COVID-19 in Utah hospitals. Total hospitalizations since the pandemic began was 15,910 people.
Utah officials said 53.7 percent of the 529 ICU beds across the state were full. Of those, 55 were being used by patients confirmed to have COVID-19. An additional 20 patients in ICU beds were suspected of having COVID-19, pending additional testing.
The remaining ICU beds were used by patients with other critical medical conditions. Hospital officials have said there was staffing for around 85 percent of those beds.
There have been over 31.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. Nearly 567,000 Americans have died of the disease, according to numbers compiled by the Coronavirus Resource Center at John Hopkins University.
Nearly 52,400 new cases have been reported in the last day in the U.S.
Across the globe there have been over 140.8 million cases and 2,930,127 deaths – over 83,000 in the last week.
With just 4 percent of the worldwide population, the United States has accounted for 22.5 percent of the global cases and 18.8 percent of the deaths since the pandemic began. Both of those numbers
With one percent of the US population, Utah has accounted for about 0.38 percent of the country’s deaths, meaning the state has fared better than the national average for mortality rates.
The first US case was confirmed on January 21, 2020. The number of new cases in the nation has skyrocketed in November, with a spike significantly higher than any other country.
During the 2019-2020 flu season, an estimates 38 million people caught the influenza virus, requiring 18 million doctor visits and causing 22,000 deaths, according for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Around 35,900 deaths have been attributed to the flu annually, going back to the 2010-2011 flu season. Only twice during that time has the number of deaths exceeded 50,000 – once in 2014-2015, when there were 51,000 deaths, and again in 2017-2018, when there were an estimates 61,000 deaths.
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How do I prevent it?
The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies.)
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