Ten more Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past week
Ten more Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past week

Ten more Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past week

The number of cases and hospitalizations both increased within the last seven days.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) Melissa Peng keeps her daughter Abigail at 2 when she receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in Salt Lake City. US health authorities have opened COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers – the last group without shots.

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Ten more Utahs died of COVID-19 in the past week, bringing the state’s total death toll since the pandemic began to 4,816, according to the Utah Department of Health.

A further 5,897 cases of coronavirus were also reported, 625 fewer in the previous week. Since the pandemic began, more than 975,000 cases have been reported in the Beehive State.

The number of admissions and the percentage of positive tests both rose.

In the past week, the state’s seven-day average of new cases rose – 970.4, up from 930.6 the previous week.

Government officials look less closely at new cases as a way to track the spread of COVID-19, as fewer people are being tested since the state closed most of its free testing facilities. Over the past seven days, 23,967 people were tested, 5,516 more than the week before. The weekly share of positive tests increased slightly from 22.86% to 23.04%.

Instead, experts look at other measurements, such as hospitalizations and emergency room visits, to assess the severity of coronavirus outbreaks. State data shows increases in hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

Officials urge those who test positive or have COVID-19 symptoms to stay home to avoid infecting others. Insulation instructions are available at coronavirus.utah.gov/protect yourself.

They also urge Utahns to be updated on COVID-19 vaccines that can prevent serious illness.

Admission rates for COVID-19

Data show that coronavirus patients accounted for 4.61% of emergency room visits in the past week, a slight increase from 4.21% the previous week.

Since last week, 243 more Utahns have been hospitalized with coronavirus, bringing the total to 35,605 patients admitted since the pandemic began. There were 215 COVID-19 patients at Utah hospitals from Thursday, 23 more than a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units increased by 18 to 39.

The state reported that 11,714 more Utahns received a COVID-19 vaccine since June 16, the last time it released data. Of these, 1,336 are now fully vaccinated, meaning they have received two doses of an mRNA serial vaccine, such as Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, or one dose of the Janssen vaccine.

About 62.5% of Utahs – a total of 2,029,863 – are fully vaccinated, and 29.3% has received at least one booster shot, the data shows.

Breakdown of updated figures

Vaccine doses administered within the last week / total doses administered • 11,714 th most common / 5,238,371

Number of Utahs fully vaccinated • 2,029,863 – 62.5% of Utah’s total population.

Cases reported in the last week: 5,897 th most common

Average cases per day reported in the past week 970.4, up from 930.6 the previous week.

Test reported from 11.-23. June • 23,967.

Deaths reported in the last week • 10.

Admissions reported this week • 215 from Thursday, an increase of 23 in the last week. There were 39 patients in intensive care, 18 more than reported a week ago.

Percentage of positive tests • When counting all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual, this week’s rate was 23.04%. This is higher than the previous seven-day average of 22.86%.

When you do not count individuals’ repeated test results, this week’s rate was 29.13%, higher than the previous seven-day average of 28.78%.

Totals to date • 975,507 cases; 4,816 deaths; 35,604 admissions.

This story is under development and will be updated.

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