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Utah reports 1,845 COVID cases, 19 additional deaths; hospitalizations hit new high

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said 19 more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 1,845 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Of those cases, 392 (21.25%) were in school-aged children.

  • 190 cases in children ages 5-10
  • 76 cases in children ages 11-13
  • 126 cases in children ages 14-18

Currently, a record 624 Utahns are hospitalized due to the virus and the ICUs at Utah’s 16 referral center hospitals, where the majority of COVID-19 patients are treated, are 94.3% full — above the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.

Utah’s previous record of COVID-19 hospitalizations was 604 on Dec. 4, 2020.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,380 — down from 1,399 on Tuesday but up from 1,376 last Monday.

An additional 10,568 vaccine doses have been administered since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine doses given to 3,586,076.

UDOH said over 1.71 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.91 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fully approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson has applied for emergency-use authorization for a booster dose of its vaccine.

“The vaccine has been proven to be safe and highly effective since it first became available under emergency use last December. Full FDA approval is the final step in a rigorous approval process to confirm the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness,” UDOH officials said. “The FDA’s announcement should provide confidence to anyone who may have hesitated to get the vaccine while it was under emergency use. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and help end the pandemic. We also strongly encourage healthcare providers who haven’t offered COVID-19 vaccines at their practice before now, to take the necessary steps to enroll as vaccine providers as soon as possible.”

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated risk ratios

UDOH said it has updated how the department calculates risk ratios on its data dashboard.

“We are now reporting age-adjusted risk ratios,” UDOH officials said. “This is an important update that more accurately reflects the risk for the overall population. The change will result in higher risk ratios for the unvaccinated for being hospitalized and dying. This is because the prior method, which did not age-adjust, biased the data toward older adults who are more likely to be both vaccinated and hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than younger people. By age-adjusting, we are better reflecting the true risk for all Utahns.”

In the last 28 days, people who are unvaccinated are at 12.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 11.1 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 6.3 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 9.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 4.0 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

(UDOH)

Testing

UDOH reports 3,565,577 people have been tested — 11,272 more than Tuesday. Of those, 526,401 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 1,845 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,380 — down from 1,399 on Tuesday but up from 1,376 last Monday.

(UDOH)

On June 1, Utah’s rolling seven-day average had dropped to 200 cases.

The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” dropped 0.1% to 15.6% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” dropped 0.1% to 10.3%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 3,586,076 vaccine doses in total as of Wednesday, which is an increase of 10,568 over Tuesday’s numbers.

As of Wednesday, over 1.91 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.71 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 4.19 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, a record 624 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 218 of those people are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 92.1% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 94.3% full Wednesday — above the state’s utilization threshold or “functionally full” mark of 85%.

Forty percent of Utah’s ICU usage is due to COVID-19 patients.

(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

As of Wednesday, the virus had killed 3,042 of the state’s residents. UDOH said two previously reported deaths have been removed from the totals.

The following deaths were reported Wednesday:

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

Nationwide Numbers


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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:

  • Get vaccinated
  • 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 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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