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Utah Reports Four Additional Deaths, 357 New COVID-19 Cases

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Saturday said four more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 while another 357 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Currently, 164 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 and an additional 14,659 vaccine doses have been administered, bringing the state’s total to 2,728,455.

UDOH also said over 1.3 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.54 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Also, beginning with the Fourth of July weekend, UDOH will only update the COVID-19 dashboard on official business days.

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

Testing

UDOH reports 2,736,346 people have been tested — 4,431 more than Friday. Of those, 409,364 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 357 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 280 — up from 273 on Friday.

(UDOH)

The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” rose slightly to 7% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” rose slightly to 4.5%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 2,728,455 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 14,659 over Friday’s numbers. As of Saturday, over 1.54 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.3 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 3.18 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 164 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 59 of those people were in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 72% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 76.2% full Saturday — just below the state’s utilization warning threshold of 77%.

(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

Four additional deaths were reported Saturday. To date, the virus has killed 2,323 of the state’s residents.

The following deaths were reported Saturday:

  • Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Nationwide Numbers


Coronavirus Resources

Have you or a family member been affected by coronavirus issues in Utah? KSL wants to hear from you. Contact KSL by emailing social@ksl.com.

Click here to sign up for a vaccine and here to see how Utah’s vaccine rollout is progressing.

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 unvaccinated Americans should continue 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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