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Utah Reports 395 New COVID Cases, Zero New Deaths; Nearly 1 Million Fully Vaccinated

(Utah County Health Department)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Utah Department of Health on Thursday said 395 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 and 142 people were hospitalized with the virus.

An additional 17,760 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to more than 2.24 million. UDOH said 999,505 Utahns are fully vaccinated.

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

Gov. Spencer Cox announced during last week’s press conference 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.

Thursday was state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn’s final press conference.

Testing

UDOH reports 2,588,877 people have been tested — 6,695 more than Wednesday. Of those, 399,374 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 395 new cases.

(UDOH)

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 343 — down from 352 on Wednesday.

The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” rose from 6.6% to 6.7% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” remained at 3.5%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 2,241,271 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 17,760 over Wednesday’s numbers. As of Thursday, over 1.33 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 999,500 Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 2.65 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 142 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 58 of those people were in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 74.1% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 76.8% full Thursday.

(UDOH)

“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.”

Deaths

Zero additional deaths were reported Thursday. To date, the virus has killed 2,219 of the state’s residents.

Nationwide Numbers


Coronavirus Resources

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Click here to sign up for a vaccine and here to see how Utah’s vaccine rollout is progressing.

The latest COVID-19 stories from KSL can be found here.

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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