Patricia Lovos gives a COVID-19 vaccination to a woman at the Second Baptist Church in Ogden on May 8. The Utah Department of Health is urging Utahns to get vaccinated as infections continue to rise, with 873 more reported Wednesday. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A stunning 873 new COVID-19 cases, and four additional deaths from the virus, were reported Wednesday by the Utah Department of Health.
“The reality is that the pandemic is not over. This is a terrible disease that still affects people’s lives and livelihoods. It’s affecting more and more Utahns every day. The consequences are not limited to health only, but they impact our society and community in many, many ways,” Dr. Brandon Webb said during a virtual news conference.
Intermountain Healthcare, the region’s largest medical provider, called the news conference to address what it described as an “alarming” rise in COVID-19 cases in Utah.
Webb, an Intermountain Healthcare infectious diseases physician, said the state is once again in a position where “social restrictions” such as masks may again be necessary in some venues to control the spread of the new delta variant of the virus, believed responsible now for 85% of Utah cases.
While Intermountain Healthcare has not yet postponed any elective surgeries, Webb said the situation is being “very, very closely” monitored as COVID-19 patients fill hospital beds. He warned the current high numbers are likely to continue to increase.
Both Webb and the state health department urged Utahns to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We have the tool to end the disruption and inconveniences of COVID-19 on our lives and the economy — vaccination,” the state health department said in a statement, pointing out that nearly all coronavirus “cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now among those who have chosen to not get vaccinated.”
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