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Utah Reports 2,269 COVID-19 Cases, 9 Additional Deaths Over Pioneer Day Weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Monday said nine more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 while 2,269 residents tested positive for the virus over the holiday weekend.

UDOH broke down the case count into the following:

  • Thursday — 768
  • Friday — 672
  • Saturday — 506
  • Sunday — 329
  • Six previous cases have been removed after data quality analysis.

Currently, 343 Utahns are hospitalized due to the virus — the state’s highest number since mid-February and up 52 since Thursday — and the ICUs at Utah’s 16 referral center hospitals were 82.8% full on Monday — just below the state’s utilization threshold of 85%.

“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.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases has more than tripled since June 1, jumping from 200 to 646.

An additional 20,552 vaccine doses have been administered since Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 2,989,690.

UDOH said over 1.46 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.65 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.”

Testing

UDOH reports 2,893,215 people have been tested — 15,683 more than Thursday. Of those, 428,687 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 2,269 new cases.

(UDOH)

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 643 — up from 640 on Thursday. On June 1, Utah’s rolling seven-day average was 200 cases.

The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” rose to 14.6% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” rose to 10.2%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 2,989,690 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 20,552 over Thursday’s numbers.

As of Monday, over 1.65 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.46 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 3.32 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 343 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 142 of those people were in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 81.1% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 82.8% full Thursday — dipping just below the state’s threshold of 85%.

(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

To date, the virus has killed 2,434 of the state’s residents. The following deaths were reported Monday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Tooele County resident, not hospitalized
  • Female, unknown age, unknown residence, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Box Elder County resident, not hospitalized
  • Male, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Nationwide Numbers


Coronavirus Resources

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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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