Utah Reports 873 New COVID-19 Cases, 4 Additional Deaths
Jul 21, 2021, 12:41 PM | Updated: 1:05 pm
(Utah County Health Department)
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday reported four more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 while another 873 residents have tested positive for the virus.
Currently, 295 Utahns are hospitalized due to the virus — the state’s highest number since mid-February — and the ICUs at Utah’s 16 referral center hospitals were 81.5% full on Wednesday.
“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,” UDOH said.
An additional 6,434 vaccine doses have been administered, bringing the state’s total to 2,963,291.
UDOH said over 1.45 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.63 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
State health officials also released the following statement:
“We have the tool to end the disruption and inconveniences of COVID-19 on our lives and the economy – vaccination. More than 186 million Americans have chosen to get vaccinated under the most intense safety monitoring in history. In Utah, more than 1.6 million Utahns have had at least one dose and 1.4 million are fully vaccinated. Nearly all COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now among those who have chosen to not get vaccinated.
Studies from across the globe continue to show the vaccines work. They are safe and effective. Serious side effects are rare. The benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of getting the vaccine AND getting COVID-19 as a disease. Vaccination is a safer, more effective, and longer lasting way to build immunity, including for those who have already been diagnosed with COVID. Vaccination is key to keeping our children in school and free from the disruptions to their learning and extracurricular activities that we experienced last school year. Choosing to get vaccinated will protect your family, our schools and communities.
We ask all Utahns to carefully consider getting vaccinated and to seek out credible information about the vaccines from their healthcare provider and reputable health organizations. Vaccinations are FREE and available to anyone 12 and older. There are hundreds of vaccine providers across the state. More information can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov.”
UDOH reports 2,872,453 people have been tested — 5,004 more than Tuesday. Of those, 425,603 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 873 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 622 — up from 517 on Monday and 583 on Tuesday. On June 1, Utah’s rolling seven-day average was 200 cases.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” dipped slightly to 13.4% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” remained at 9.3%.
The state has administered 2,963,291 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 6,434 over Tuesday’s numbers.
As of Wednesday, over 1.63 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.45 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.32 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 295 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 121 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 78.2% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 81.5% full Wednesday — above the state’s utilization warning of 77% and nearing the 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.”
To date, the virus has killed 2,424 of the state’s residents. The following three deaths were reported Wednesday, with one occurring before July 1:
- Male, between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 45-64, Uintah 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.
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