Utah Reports Three Additional Deaths, 200 New COVID-19 Cases
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said three more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and another 200 residents have tested positive for the virus.
UDOH said one of those deaths occurred before May 2.
Currently, 136 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 6,443 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to 2,602,355.
UDOH also said over 1.22 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.49 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
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UDOH reports 2,697,175 people have been tested — 2,904 more than Tuesday. Of those, 406,482 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 200 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 202 — from 213 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” stayed at 3.9%.
The state has administered 2,602,355 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 6,443 over Tuesday’s numbers. As of Wednesday, over 1.49 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.22 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.11 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 136 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 54 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 65.4% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 67.8% 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.”
Three additional deaths were reported Wednesday, one of which occurred before May 2. To date, the virus has killed 2,305 of the state’s residents.
The following deaths were reported Wednesday:
- Female between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
- Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 25-44, Weber County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
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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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