Utah Reports Zero Additional Deaths, 185 New COVID-19 Cases
May 25, 2021, 1:12 PM | Updated: 1:12 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday said 185 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19.
Currently, 137 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 12,142 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to more than 2.52 million. UDOH also said over 1.18 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated.
Zero additional deaths were reported Tuesday. For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.
UDOH reports 2,670,417 people have been tested — 4,911 more than Monday. Of those, 404,810 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 185 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 261 — down from 271 on Monday.
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” rose slightly to 3.7%.
The state has administered 2,529,663 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 12,142 over Monday’s numbers. As of Tuesday, over 1.45 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.18 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.04 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 137 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 52 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 66.7% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 69.1% full Tuesday.
“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.”
Zero additional deaths were reported Tuesday. To date, the virus has killed 2,292 of the state’s residents.
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