Utah Reports Zero Additional Deaths, 268 New COVID-19 Cases
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said 268 more Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19.
Currently, 145 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 12,807 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to more than 2.54 million. UDOH also said over 1.18 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated.
Zero additional deaths were reported Wednesday. For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.
UDOH reports 2,674,942 people have been tested — 4,525 more than Tuesday. Of those, 405,078 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 268 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 239 — down from 261 on Tuesday.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” rose slightly to 6.6% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” rose slightly to 3.8%.
The state has administered 2,542,470 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 12,807 over Tuesday’s numbers. As of Wednesday, over 1.46 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.18 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.05 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 145 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 57 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 69.2% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 72% full Wednesday.
“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 Wednesday. To date, the virus has killed 2,292 of the state’s residents.
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