CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah Reports 231 More COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

May 23, 2021, 2:37 PM | Updated: 2:41 pm
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FILE - Gov. Cox said even though case counts are dropping it's important that residents keep getting fully vaccinated with booster shots. (KSL TV)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Sunday said 231 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 while no new deaths from the virus were reported.

Currently, 133 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 12,508 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to more than 2.51 million.

UDOH also said over 1.17 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated.

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

Testing

UDOH reports 2,664,095 people have been tested — 2,007 more than Saturday. Of those, 404,477 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 231 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 274 — down from 276 on Saturday.

(UDOH)

The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” rose slightly to 6.5% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” also saw a slight increase, coming in at 3.6%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 2,512,355 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 12,508 over Saturday’s numbers. As of Sunday, over 1.44 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.17 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 3.04 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

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Hospitalizations

Currently, 133 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 45 of those people were in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 73.3% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 77% full Sunday.

(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

No new deaths were reported Sunday. To date, the virus has killed 2,290 of the state’s residents.

Nationwide Numbers


Coronavirus Resources

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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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Utah Reports 231 More COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths