Utah Reports Three Additional Deaths, 249 New COVID-19 Cases
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday said three more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 while another 249 residents tested positive for the virus.
Currently, 159 Utahns are hospitalized due to the virus and an additional 2,769 vaccine doses have been administered, bringing the state’s total to 2,795,377.
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.
Beginning with the Fourth of July weekend, UDOH will only update the COVID-19 dashboard on official business days.
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Utah’s numbers came as COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms approached another encouraging milestone: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated.
UDOH reports 2,766,119 people have been tested — 2,775 more than Monday. Of those, 412,019 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 249 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 295 — up slightly from 293 on Monday. On June 1, the rolling seven-day average was 200 cases.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” rose to 8.6% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” rose slightly to 5.6%.
The state has administered 2,795,377 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 2,769 over Monday’s numbers. As of Tuesday, 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 3.22 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 159 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 70 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 70.5% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 73.7% full Tuesday — slightly below 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.”
Three additional deaths were reported Tuesday. To date, the virus has killed 2,333 of the state’s residents.
The following deaths were reported Tuesday:
- Female between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 45-64, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
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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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