Utah Reports 262 New COVID-19 Cases, One Additional Death
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Saturday said one more Utahn has died from COVID-19 while 262 additional residents have tested positive for the virus.
Currently, 126 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 17,043 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to just under 2.5 million.
UDOH also said over 1.16 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated.
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UDOH reports 2,662,088 people have been tested — 3,957 more than Friday. Of those, 404,246 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 262 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 276 — down from 284 on Friday.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” remained at 6.4% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” stayed at 3.4%.
The state has administered 2,499,847 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 17,043 over Friday’s numbers. As of Saturday, over 1.44 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.16 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.02 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 126 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 51 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 74.5% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 77.5% full Saturday.
“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.”
One additional death was reported Saturday. To date, the virus has killed 2,290 of the state’s residents.
The following death was reported Saturday:
- One female:
- older than 85, Utah County resident, not hospitalized
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- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home when you are sick
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