Utah reports 2,244 COVID-19 cases, 15 additional deaths over the weekend
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health announced Monday that 15 more Utahners have died from COVID-19, while 2,244 additional residents tested positive for the virus over the weekend.
UDOH divided the number of cases into the following:
- Friday – 958
- Saturday – 790
- Sunday – 499
- Four cases were removed after the data quality analysis
Currently, 367 Utahners are being hospitalized for the virus – one of the highest numbers in the state since February – and the intensive care units in the 16 hospitals of the reference center in Utah were 85.2% full on Monday – above the “functionally full” threshold of the State of 85%.
The state’s seven-day moving average of positive tests has quadrupled since June 1, climbing 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 Utahners 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 Governor Spencer Cox on Thursday:
“Today’s number of cases is another step in the wrong direction for our state. However, we remain confident that vaccines will help us turn the tide. Unfortunately, almost everyone who gets sick and will end up in hospital because of the number of cases today is unvaccinated. This unvaccinated pandemic is tragic because it is preventable. Getting a vaccine has never been easier. While we are encouraged by the rise in vaccinations, we need more people to protect themselves and their families. “
UDOH reports that 2,932,497 people were tested – 14,769 more than Friday. Of those, 434,711 Utahners have tested positive for COVID-19 – an increase of 2,244 new cases.
The 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 861 – up from 755 on Friday and 691 on Thursday.
On June 1, the 7-day rolling average in Utah was 200 cases.
The 7-day rolling average for percent positivity for “people over people” remained at 14.7%, while the 7-day rolling average for percent positivity for “tests over tests” remained at 10.4%.
The state has given a total of 3,035,117 vaccine doses, an 18,134 increase from Friday’s numbers.
By Friday, over 1.67 million Utahners had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.48 million Utahners were fully vaccinated.
Over 3.4 million vaccines have been shipped to Utah.
Currently, 367 people are being hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 163 people in intensive care units.
Utah’s intensive care units were 82.1% full and the intensive care beds in Utah’s referral centers were 85.2% full as of Monday – just above the state’s 85% occupancy threshold.
“With an overall intensive care utilization rate of about 69%, the intensive care units in Utah’s major hospitals that are able to provide the best care for COVID-19 patients are reaching their manpower,” UDOH officials said. “72 percent of usage in all hospitals and 77 percent in hospitals with referral centers place a heavy burden on the health system. When the capacity of 85% is reached, Utah will functionally run out of occupied intensive care beds, which indicates an overloaded hospital system. “
To date, the virus has killed 2,466 residents in the state. The following deaths were reported on Monday:
- Male, 65 to 84 years old, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident
- Female, older than 85, resident of Salt Lake County, not hospitalized at death
- Female, aged 45 to 64, resident of Utah County, hospitalized at death
- Male, 85+, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
- Male, between 25 and 44, residents of Washington County, hospitalized at the time of death
- Male, between 25 and 44, unknown county resident, hospitalized at the time of death
- Male, between 65 and 84, residents of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at the time of death
- Female, aged 65 to 84, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
- Male, older than 85, resident of Uintah County, not hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 45 and 64, residents of Washington County, hospitalized at death
- Male, between 25 and 44, residents of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at the time of death
- Male, between 65 and 84, residents of Tooele County, hospitalized at the time of death
- Female, aged 45 to 64, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
- Female, between 45 and 64, resident of Washington County, hospitalized at death
- Male, older than 85, Weber County resident, hospitalized at death
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How do I stop it?
The CDC has a few simple recommendations, most of which are the same, for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who may be ill
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet, before eating, 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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