Utah Reports Two Additional Deaths, 413 New COVID-19 Cases
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said two more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and another 413 residents have tested positive for the virus.
Currently, 159 people are hospitalized with the virus and an additional 10,463 vaccine doses have been administered, bringing the state’s total to 2,761,471.
UDOH also said over 1.32 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.55 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.
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UDOH reports 2,748,126 people have been tested — 4,615 more than Tuesday. Of those, 410,377 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 413 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 280 — up from 274 on Tuesday.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” jumped to 7.5% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” rose to 4.9%.
The state has administered 2,761,471 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 10,463 over Tuesday’s numbers. As of Wednesday, over 1.55 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.32 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.19 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 159 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 62 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 77.1% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 80.8% full Wednesday — above the state’s utilization warning threshold of 77%.
“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.”
Two additional deaths were reported Wednesday, but UDOH said one death that was reported on May 22 (male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident) had been removed. To date, the virus has killed 2,324 of the state’s residents.
The following deaths were reported Tuesday:
- Female, between 45-64, Sevier County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 25-44, Beaver County resident, 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
- 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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