Utah COVID-19 death toll climbs past 4,800

Another 13 victims in the past week bring the total to 4,806.

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Thirteen More Utahns died from COVID-19 over the past week, bringing the state’s total death toll since the pandemic began to 4,806, according to the Utah Department of Health. Ten of the deaths over the past week were people aged 65 and older, and three were 85 or older.

Another 6,522 cases of the coronavirus were also reported, down just nine in the previous week.

Both the number of hospital admissions and the percentage of positive tests increased slightly.

This week’s COVID-19 report comes amid a coronavirus surge expected to continue for several more weeks. Experts say Omicron subvariants power it.

For the past week, the state’s seven-day moving average for new cases was nearly unchanged — 1,071.3, down 2.3 a day.

State officials are scouting less for new cases to track the spread of COVID-19 as fewer people are being tested since the state has closed most of its free testing facilities. 18,451 people have been tested in the past seven days – 10,310 fewer than the week before. The weekly rate of positive tests rose slightly from 22.19% to 22.98%.

Instead, experts are looking at other metrics, such as hospitalizations and emergency room visits, to assess the severity of coronavirus outbreaks. Government data shows an increase in hospital admissions and emergency room visits.

Officials are urging those who have tested positive or have COVID-19 symptoms to stay home to avoid infecting others. Isolation guidance is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/protect-youself.

They also urge Utahns to keep up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, which can prevent serious illnesses.

COVID-19 hospitalization rates

Data shows that coronavirus patients accounted for 4.21% of emergency room visits in the past week, up slightly from 3.78% the previous week.

As of last week, 151 more Utahns have been hospitalized with coronavirus, bringing the total to 35,362 patients hospitalized since the pandemic began. As of Thursday, there were 192 COVID-19 patients in Utah hospitals, up from 19 more than a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units fell by three to 21.

The state reported that 15,140 more Utahns have received a COVID-19 vaccine since June 9, the last time it released data. Of these, 1,743 are now fully vaccinated, meaning they have received two doses of an mRNA series vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, or one dose of the Janssen vaccine.

About 62.4% of Utahns — 2,028,527 in total — are fully vaccinated, and 29.1% have received at least one booster shot, the data shows.

Breakdown of updated figures

Vaccine doses administered in the past week/total doses administered • 16,999 / 5,225,905

Number of fully vaccinated Utahans • 2,028,527 — 62.4% of the total population of Utah.

Cases reported in the past week: 6,522.

Average cases per day reported in the past week • 933, down from 1,073.6 the previous week.

Tests reported from June 2nd to 9th • 18,451.

Deaths reported in the past week • 13.

There were six deaths in Salt Lake County: one man aged between 45 and 64, one man and three women aged between 65 and 84, and one man aged over 85.

Three Utah County residents died: a man aged 25 to 44, a woman aged 65 to 84 and a woman aged over 85.

Four counties each reported a single death: a woman over 85 in Davis County; one woman aged 65 to 84 in Tooele County, one woman aged 45 to 64 in Uintah County; and a woman 65-84 in Weber County.

Hospital admissions reported this week • 192 As of Thursday, up from 19 in the past week. There were 21 patients in intensive care, three fewer than reported a week ago.

Percentage of positive tests • Taking into account all test results, including repeat tests by the same person, this week’s rate was 22.98%. That’s higher than the previous seven-day moving average of 22.19%.

Excluding individuals’ repeated test results, the rate this week was 28.62%. higher than the previous seven-day moving average of 27.48%.

Totals to date • 969,610 Cases; 4,806 deaths; 35,362 hospitalizations.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/06/16/utahs-covid-death-toll/ Utah COVID-19 death toll climbs past 4,800

Joel McCord

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