Utah reports four more deaths and 540 new cases of COVID-19
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health reported Thursday that four more Utahns have died from COVID-19 while 540 other residents have tested positive for the virus.
The UDOH also said the state’s dashboard has been updated to include information on revolutionary cases – people who fell ill 14 days or more after being fully immunized.
“While no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing disease in those vaccinated, data from Utah shows the vaccines have been remarkably effective in protecting Utahns vaccinated against COVID-19,” officials said. of UDOH. âThe data also shows that the vast majority of new cases are in unvaccinated people, which is behind the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
“The increase in cases is a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet, and it remains essential that the Utahns get vaccinated, limit your contact with others who are not part of your usual circle, wear a mask when you can No physical distance, stay home if you are sick and wash your hands often.
The UDOH determines the immunization status of cases using two methods: by linking all known cases to immunization records reported in the Utah State Immunization Information System and through the auto – statement asking all cases if they have been fully vaccinated. Highlight cases may be overrepresented in the data due to this self-report.
This information can be found under the “Risk Factors” tab of the state’s coronavirus website.
Currently, 257 Utahns are hospitalized with the virus – up from 247 on Wednesday – and 5,976 additional vaccine doses have been administered, bringing the state total to 2,865,352.
Governor Spencer Cox said this was the highest number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 since February 19, and only 130 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on May 31.
The UDOH said more than 1.4 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and more than 1.58 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
From the weekend of July 4, UDOH will only update the COVID-19 dashboard on official working days.
For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.
The UDOH reports that 2,799,179 people have been tested, or 4,140 more than on Wednesday. Of these, 415,679 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 – an increase of 540 new cases.
The seven-day moving average for positive tests was 384, down from 372 on Wednesday. On June 1, Utah’s seven-day moving average was 200 cases.
The seven-day moving average for the percentage of “people-to-people” positivity increased slightly to 9.9%, while the seven-day moving average for the percentage of “test-to-test” positivity rose to 6.6%.
The state administered a total of 2,865,352 doses of the vaccine, an increase of 5,976 from Wednesday’s figures.
As of Thursday, more than 1.58 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and more than 1.4 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.
More than 3.25 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.
Currently, 257 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 75 of those people were in intensive care units.
Utah intensive care units were 76.7% full and intensive care beds at referral centers in Utah were 81.7% full on Thursday – exceeding the use warning threshold for state of 77% and approaching the threshold of use of 85%.
“At around 69% overall intensive care unit utilization, the intensive care units at major Utah hospitals, capable of providing the best care for COVID-19 patients, are starting to reach their staffing capacity.” UDOH officials said. â72% of use in all hospitals and 77% in referral center hospitals create major constraints on the health system. When 85% of capacity is reached, Utah will have no more staffed intensive care beds, indicating an overwhelmed hospital system. “
Four more deaths were reported Thursday. To date, the virus has killed 2,374 of the state’s residents.
The following deaths were reported on Thursday:
- Male, aged 65 to 84, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, 25-44, resident of Tooele County, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, aged 45 to 64, resident of Salt Lake County, not hospitalized at time of death
- Male, aged 45 to 64, resident of Davis County, not hospitalized at time of death
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How can I prevent 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 sick
- 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 often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet, 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 that unvaccinated Americans continue to wear fabric face covers in public places where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (eg, grocery stores and drugstores).