Utah Reports Four Additional Deaths, 192 New COVID-19 Cases
May 29, 2021, 2:35 PM | Updated: Apr 14, 2023, 2:34 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health on Saturday said four more Utahns have died from COVID-19 while 192 additional residents have tested positive for the virus.
Currently, 143 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 12,944 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to 2,582,400.
UDOH also said over 1.21 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and 1,481,372 people received at least one vaccine.
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UDOH reports 2,687,015 people have been tested — 3,616 more than Friday. Of those, 405,851 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19. — an increase of 192 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 231 — down from 241 on Friday.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” remained at 6.7% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” stayed at 3.9%.
The state has administered 2,582,400 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 12,944 over Friday’s numbers. As of Saturday, over 1.48 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.21 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.04 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 143 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 49 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 70.3% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 73.7% 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.”
Four additional deaths were reported Saturday. To date, the virus has killed 2,301 of the state’s residents.
The following deaths were reported Saturday:
- Three females:
- between 25-44, Iron County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
- between 65-84, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
- between 65-84, Iron County resident, long-term care facility resident
- One male:
- between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
UDOH said two of the deaths occurred before May 1, 2021.
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