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338 more COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, nearly 22K vaccinations reported Friday in Utah – KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 338 on Friday, with five more deaths and 21,945 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Two of the deaths occurred before April 1 but were still being investigated by state medical examiners, health officials said.

There are now an estimated 8,281 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 378, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the “people over people” method is now 6.6%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the “test over test” method is now 3.5%.

There are now 145 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 65 in intensive care, state data shows. About 75% of intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including about 77% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. About 56% of non-ICU hospital beds in Utah are now occupied, according to the health department.

A total of 2,146,777 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,124,832 Thursday. A total of 1,297,444 Utahns have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 937,217 are now fully vaccinated. A total of 2,524,510 vaccine doses have been shipped to the state so far.

About 40.5% of all Utahns now have at least a first vaccine dose, and 29.2% of the state’s total population is now fully vaccinated, the health department reports. Among Utahns age 16 and older who are currently eligible for the vaccine, 54.6% have at least one dose and 39.4% are fully vaccinated.

The new numbers indicate a 0.08% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,557,368 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.5% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since the pandemic began in Utah is now at 4,641,439, up 12,091 since Thursday. Of those, 5,603 were tests of people who hadn’t previously been tested for COVID-19.

The five deaths reported Friday were:

  • A Davis County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died

Friday’s totals give Utah 397,323 total confirmed cases, with 16,174 total hospitalizations and 2,202 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 386,840 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to state data.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox provided a COVID-19 update at his weekly news conference on Thursday morning.

Utah’s pandemic “endgame” bill, HB294, requires all state and local health orders to end on the day that Utah reaches the threshold in three areas: the state’s 14-day case rate is less than 191 per 100,000 people, the seven-day average of COVID-19 intensive care unit usage is under 15%, and 1,633,000 prime doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated to Utah.

The state is currently meeting the benchmark in the first two areas as of Friday. The 14-day case rate is now 163.1 per 100,000 people, and the COVID-19 ICU usage average over the past week is now 12%. A total of 1,525,710 prime vaccine doses have now been allocated to Utah.

The first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, as well as the sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are considered prime doses. The health department expects Utah to reach 1,633,000 prime doses in the next few weeks.

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