CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah Reports 257 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 Additional Deaths

May 18, 2021, 1:00 PM | Updated: 1:43 pm
FILE (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Utah Department of Health on Tuesday said 12 more Utahns have died from COVID-19 while 257 additional residents have tested positive for the virus.

UDOH said eight of those deaths occurred before April 19.

Currently, 138 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 18,126 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to more than 2.42 million.

UDOH also said over 1.1 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated.

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

Last week, Gov. Spencer Cox announced the statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools will end beginning the Monday of a school’s final week.

The order requiring masks in state facilities and for state employees ended Saturday.

Testing

UDOH reports 2,643,815 people have been tested — 3,612 more than Monday. Of those, 402,988 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 257 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 317 — up slightly from 311 on Monday but stable and lower when compared to previous weeks.

(UDOH)

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

Vaccinations

The state has administered 2,429,469 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 18,126 over Monday’s numbers. As of Tuesday, over 1.39 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.11 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 2.93 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

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Hospitalizations

Currently, 138 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 53 of those people were in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 68.2% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 71.3% full Tuesday.

(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

Twelve additional deaths were reported Tuesday — eight of those deaths occurred before April 19, according to UDOH. To date, the virus has killed 2,271 of the state’s residents.

The following deaths were reported Tuesday:

  • Seven females:
    • older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
    • older than 85, Washington County resident, long-term care facility resident
    • older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
    • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
    • between 65-84, Box Elder County resident, hospitalized at time of death
    • between 45-64, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
    • between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Five males:
    • between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
    • between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
    • between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
    • between 45-64, Utah County resident, not hospitalized
    • between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Nationwide Numbers


Coronavirus Resources

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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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Utah Reports 257 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 Additional Deaths