Utah Reports Two Additional Deaths, 290 New COVID-19 Cases
Jun 19, 2021, 11:04 AM | Updated: Jun 20, 2021, 2:28 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Saturday said two more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 290 residents have tested positive for the virus.
Currently, 168 residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and an additional 7,019 vaccine doses have been administered, bringing the state’s total to 2,782,173.
UDOH also said over 1.34 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.56 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 2,758,512 people have been tested — 3,186 more than Friday. Of those, 411,361 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 290 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 286 — down from 296 on Friday. On June 1, the rolling seven-day average was 200 cases.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” rose slightly to 7.8% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” rose slightly to 5.0%.
The state has administered 2,782,173 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 7,019 over Friday’s numbers. As of Saturday, over 1.56 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.34 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.21 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 168 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 69 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 81.3% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 85.9% full Saturday — above the state’s utilization warning threshold of 77% and slightly above Utah’s utilization threshold of 85%.
“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 Saturday. To date, the virus has killed 2,328 of the state’s residents.
The following deaths were reported Saturday:
- Male, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 45-64, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death
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