Utah Reports 1,114 COVID-19 Cases, Seven Additional Deaths
Aug 11, 2021, 1:16 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said seven more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 1,114 residents have tested positive for the virus.
Currently, 389 Utahns are hospitalized due to the virus and the ICUs at Utah’s 16 referral center hospitals were 83.2% full — just below the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.
The state’s seven-day rolling average of positive tests was 812 on Wednesday, and 17 counties are listed in the high transmission level, including Davis, Weber, Salt Lake, Utah and Washington counties.
An additional 6,823 vaccine doses have been administered since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 3,097,316.
UDOH said over 1.5 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.72 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
State health officials also released the following statement from Gov. Spencer Cox last week:
“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.”
Of the 1,475,558 Utahns who have been fully vaccinated, 6,253 (0.42377%) have tested positive for COVID-19, 386 have been hospitalized (0.02616%) and 22 have died (0.00149%).
As of Wednesday, 2,518 Utahns had died due to COVID-19.
“The UDOH determines vaccine status for cases using two methods — by linking all known cases to vaccination records reported into the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System (USIIIS) and through self-report by asking all cases if they have been fully vaccinated,” UDOH officials said. “Breakthrough cases may be overrepresented in the data due to this self-reporting.”
UDOH reports 2,987,745 people have been tested — 7,532 more than Tuesday. Of those, 442,245 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 1,114 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests remained at 812 — down from 827 on Monday and 859 on Friday.
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 13.7% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” dipped to 9.8%.
The state has administered 3,097,316 vaccine doses in total, which is an increase of 6,923 over Tuesday’s numbers.
As of Wednesday, over 1.72 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.5 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
Over 3.46 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 389 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 147 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 80% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 83.2% full Tuesday — just below the state’s utilization threshold or “functionally full” mark 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 2,518 of the state’s residents. The following deaths were reported Wednesday:
- Male, between 25-44, Salt County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 65-84, Beaver County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 65-84, Emery County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 65-84, Juab County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 25-44, Beaver 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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