430 New Coronavirus Cases Reported In Utah; 4 More Deaths
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Health officials said four more Utahns have died of COVID-19 in the latest reports on the state’s coronavirus situation. There were 430 new cases, with 35.1 percent of all Utahns now vaccinated.
An additional 15,000 people have received their vaccines since Tuesday,
The number of people hospitalized for the virus was 136.
The total number of Utahns lost to the disease was 2,275.
Health officials reported a total of 2,649,365 Utah residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus – an increase of 5,550 since Tuesday.
Officials reported 403,418 residents have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began – an increase of 430 cases in the last day. Of those tested in the last day, 7.7 percent were positive. There has been an increase of 2,215 cases in the last week.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 312 per day. The rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests was 6.4 percent.
Including people who have been tested more than once, 4,839,149 million tests have been administered in the state.
At least one dose of the vaccine has been administered to 1,406,156 people in Utah. Those eligible for the vaccine included anyone over the age of 12.
The state has administered 2,429,469 first and second vaccinations. Of those vaccinated, 1,126,397 people have been fully immunized with both doses.
According to numbers reported by the health department, 15,383 vaccines have been administered since numbers reported Tuesday.
Health officials said 43.5 percent of all Utahns over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated, and 54.2 percent have had at least one vaccination. Including all Utahns of any age, 35.1 percent have been fully vaccinated.
Over 2.9 million vaccines have been delivered to the state.
The health department reported 136 people were being treated for COVID-19 in Utah hospitals. Total hospitalizations since the pandemic began was 16,597 people.
Utah officials said 77.3 percent of the 529 ICU beds across the state were full. Of those, 56 were being used by patients confirmed to have COVID-19. An additional 11 patients in ICU beds were suspected of having COVID-19, pending additional testing.
The remaining ICU beds were used by patients with other critical medical conditions. Hospital officials have said there was staffing for around 85 percent of all ICU beds.
An additional four Utahns have died of COVID-19, according to health officials. All but one had not been hospitalized.
The latest deaths included one woman and three men. Officials said three of the deaths reported Wednesday were from before April 19.
There have been 2,275 total deaths of residents from the disease in the Beehive State since the pandemic began.
Identities of those who the state said died of COVID-19 have not been released.
The woman was from Davis County. Officials said she had not been hospitalized and was between the ages of 65 to 84.
Her death brought the total in the county to 171 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Salt Lake County
One man was a resident of Salt Lake County and hospitalized at the time of his death. He was between the ages of 45 to 64.
There have been 877 deaths in the state’s most populated county. With 35 percent of the population, the county had 38.5 percent of the state’s deaths.
A Weber County man was among the deaths reported by the health department. They said he was between the ages of 56 to 84, and had not been hospitalized.
There have been 204 deaths in the county, and 219 in the area covered by the Weber-Morgan Health Department.
The fourth death was reported as a man between the ages of 45 to 64 from Tooele County. He had not been hospitalized.
The man was the 44th COVID-19 death in the county.
There have been over 33 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. More than 587,000 Americans have died of the disease, according to numbers compiled by the Coronavirus Resource Center at John Hopkins University.
Across the globe there have been over 164.4 million cases and 3,407,915 deaths.
With just 4 percent of the worldwide population, the United States has accounted for 20.1 percent of the global cases and 17.2 percent of the deaths since the pandemic began.
With one percent of the US population, Utah has accounted for about 0.39 percent of the country’s deaths, meaning the state has fared better than the national average for mortality rates.
The first US case was confirmed on January 21, 2020. The number of new cases in the nation has skyrocketed in November, with a spike significantly higher than any other country.
During the 2019-2020 flu season, an estimates 38 million people caught the influenza virus, requiring 18 million doctor visits and causing 22,000 deaths, according for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Around 35,900 deaths have been attributed to the flu annually, going back to the 2010-2011 flu season. Only twice during that time has the number of deaths exceeded 50,000 – once in 2014-2015, when there were 51,000 deaths, and again in 2017-2018, when there were an estimates 61,000 deaths.
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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:
- 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 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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