CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah Reports 2,244 COVID-19 Cases, 15 Additional Deaths Over Weekend

Aug 2, 2021, 1:35 PM | Updated: 1:40 pm
FILE (Photo by Justin Tallis - Pool / Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by Justin Tallis - Pool / Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Tallis - Pool / Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Monday said 15 more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 while 2,244 additional residents tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

UDOH broke down the case count into the following:

  • Friday — 958
  • Saturday — 790
  • Sunday — 499
  • Four cases have been removed after data quality analysis

Currently, 367 Utahns are hospitalized due to the virus — among the state’s highest numbers since February — and the ICUs at Utah’s 16 referral center hospitals were 85.2% full on Monday — above the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of positive tests has quadrupled since June 1, jumping from 200 to 861 on Monday.

An additional 18,134 vaccine doses have been administered since Friday, bringing the state’s total to 3,035,117.

UDOH said over 1.48 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.67 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

State health officials also released the following statement from Gov. Spencer Cox on Thursday:

“Today’s case count is another step in the wrong direction for our state. But we remain confident in vaccines to help us turn the tide. Unfortunately, nearly everyone who is getting sick, and who will end up in the hospital because of today’s case counts, is unvaccinated. This pandemic of the unvaccinated is tragic because it is preventable. It has never been easier to get a vaccine. While we are encouraged by increases in vaccinations, we need more people to protect themselves and their families.”

Testing

UDOH reports 2,932,497 people have been tested — 14,769 more than Friday. Of those, 434,711 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 2,244 new cases.

(UDOH)

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 861 — up from 755 on Friday and 691 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” remained at 14.7% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” remained at 10.4%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 3,035,117 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 18,134 over Friday’s numbers.

As of Friday, over 1.67 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.48 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 3.4 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 367 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 163 of those people were in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 82.1% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 85.2% full Monday — just above the state’s utilization 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 2,466 of the state’s residents. The following deaths were reported Monday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 25-44, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 25-44, unknown County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Uintah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Tooele County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Nationwide Numbers


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How do I prevent it?

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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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Utah Reports 2,244 COVID-19 Cases, 15 Additional Deaths Over Weekend