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Utah reports 2,340 COVID-19 cases, 12 additional deaths

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Thursday said 12 more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 2,340 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Approximately 800 of those cases were identified over the past week but not reported until Thursday due to systemwide delays in laboratory reporting, according to UDOH.

Of those cases, 514 (21.97%) were in school-aged children.

  • 270 cases in children ages 5-10
  • 117 cases in children ages 11-13
  • 127 cases in children ages 14-18

Currently, 552 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 98.6% full — above the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.

The number of hospitalizations is down 72 from last Wednesday, when a record 624 Utahns were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, but have been trending up all week. Utah’s previous record of 604 COVID-19 hospitalizations was set on Dec. 4, 2020.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,381 — up from 1,288 on Monday and down from 1,399 the week before.

An additional 9,375 vaccine doses have been administered since Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine doses given to 3,643,224.

UDOH said over 1.73 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.93 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.”

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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 15.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 10.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 5.6 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 8.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.5 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 3.9 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

(UDOH)

Testing

UDOH reports 3,629,093 people have been tested — 12,723 more than Tuesday. Of those, 537,276 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 2,340 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,381 — up from 1,288 on Monday and down from 1,399 the week before.

(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” rose to 15.7% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests rose to 10.2%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 3,643,224 vaccine doses in total as of Thursday, which is an increase of 9,375 over Wednesday’s numbers.

As of Thursday, over 1.93 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.73 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 4.28 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 552 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 203 of those people are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 95% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 98.6% full Thursday — above the state’s utilization threshold or “functionally full” mark of 85% but trending down.

Thirty-seven 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 Thursday, the virus had killed 3,118 of the state’s residents.

The following deaths were reported Thursday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 25-44, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Carbon County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, older than 85, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 25-44, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Box Elder County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Davis 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:

  • 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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