Utah Reports Zero New Deaths, 228 New COVID-19 Cases
May 3, 2021, 1:16 PM | Updated: 2:18 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Utah Department of Health on Monday said 228 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 and an additional 10,654 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to more than 2.18 million.
There were 132 people hospitalized with the virus as of Monday.
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Gov. Spencer Cox announced during his weekly press conference Thursday that any organization can request a mobile vaccination clinic as part of efforts to reach out to more Utahns.
He also said there is no excuse for people not to get a vaccine because they are widely available and there are many appointments available across the state right now — including walk-in appointments in Salt Lake County.
UDOH reports 2,570,933 people have been tested — 3,155 more than Sunday. Of those, 398,240 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 228 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 369 cases.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” remained at 6.6% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” was 3.6%.
The state has administered 2,184,859 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 10,654 over Sunday’s numbers. As of Monday, over 1.31 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 960,000 Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 2.55 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 132 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 53 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 63.9% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 67.3% full Monday.
“At about 69% overall ICU utilization, ICUs in Utah’s major hospitals with the ability to provide best care for COVID-19 patients begin to reach staffing capacity,” UDOH officials said. “Seventy-two percent use among all hospitals and 77% in referral center hospitals creates major strains on the health care system. When 85% capacity is reached, Utah will be functionally out of staffed ICU beds, indicating an overwhelmed hospital system.”
No new deaths were reported Monday. To date, the virus has killed 2,204 of the state’s residents.
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