SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 701 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths from the disease Sunday in its daily update on coronavirus statistics in the Beehive State.
Seven of those deaths occurred prior to Feb. 1, the department said, but were still under investigation then. Utah's update comes as the United States passed 500,000 recognized COVID-19 deaths nationwide on Sunday.
The health department also said 9,123 more vaccines have been administered in Utah since Saturday.
Over the past week, Utah is averaging 777 new reported cases per day and a positive test rate of 6.31%. There are currently 241 Utahns reported hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 100 in intensive care.
Sunday's numbers come as 10,454 more test results were reported to the health department.
Overall, Utah has now seen 366,735 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,852 deaths and 14,445 hospitalizations since the pandemic began, while 607,557 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those vaccines, 205,388 have been second doses. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for maximum effect, though Johnson & Johnson is currently seeking approval for a single-dose vaccine.
The Utah deaths reported Sunday include:
- A Davis County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when she died
- A Davis County man between ages 65 and 84 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
- An Iron County man between ages 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized when he died
- A Salt Lake County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
- A Salt Lake County man between ages 65 and 84 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
- A Salt Lake County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized
- A Sevier County woman over age 85 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
- A Utah County man between ages 65 and 84 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
- A Utah County man over age 85 who was not hospitalized
- A Utah County man between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized
Gov. Spencer Cox and Utah health officials are expected to address the public in their regular weekly news conference later this week; the conference usually occurs on Thursdays. Currently, the state is offering vaccination against the coronavirus to Utahns age 65 and older, and will begin offering the vaccine to Utahns with certain comorbidities on March 1.
A list of eligible comorbidities is available on the state's coronavirus information website.
The state's goal is to vaccinate all adults who want the shot by the end of May.
- Saturday: 778 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths reported Saturday in Utah
- Friday: 857 more COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths, many from last month, reported Friday in Utah
- Thursday: Utahns 65 and older can get COVID-19 vaccine now as state sees 1,151 new cases, 7 deaths Thursday
- Wednesday: 901 more COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths reported Wednesday in Utah
- Tuesday: 591 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported Tuesday in Utah
- Monday: 462 more COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Utah Monday; sites announced for rapid testing
Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after they are confirmed, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.
The total number of cases reported by the Utah Department of Health each day includes all cases of COVID-19 since Utah's outbreak began, including those who are currently infected, those who have recovered from the disease, and those who have died.
Recovered cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three or more weeks ago and has not died.
Referral hospitals are the 16 Utah hospitals with the capability to provide the best COVID-19 health care.
Deaths reported by the state typically occurred two to seven days prior to when they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths may be from even further back, especially if the person is from Utah but has died in another state.
The health department reports both confirmed and probable COVID-19 case deaths per the case definition outlined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The death counts are subject to change as case investigations are completed.
For deaths that are reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.
The "people over people" method for the seven-day average positive test rate is calculated by dividing the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 by the total number of people tested. The "test over test" method is calculated by dividing the total number of positive tests by the total number of tests administered.
Data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district's website.
More information about Utah's health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the "Data Notes" section at the bottom of the page.