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651 more COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths, 22,092 vaccinations reported Friday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Feb. 26, 2021 at 4:39 p.m. | Posted - Feb. 26, 2021 at 12:54 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 651 on Friday, with 17 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Eight of those deaths occurred before Feb. 5 but were still being investigated by state medical examiners, according to the health department.

The health department now estimates there are 17,979 active cases of the disease in Utah. Another 22,092 vaccine doses were administered as of Friday, according to the health department.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 694, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period reported with the "people over people" method is now 12.3%. The positive test rate per day seven-day average calculated with the "test over test" method is now 5.6%.

There are now 231 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 94 in intensive care, state data shows. About 73% of intensive care unit beds in Utah are filled as of Friday, including about 77% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 53% of non-ICU hospital beds in Utah are occupied Friday.

A total of 682,536 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 660,444 Thursday. Of those, 239,877 are second doses of the vaccine, health department data shows.

The new numbers indicate a 0.2% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,194,674 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.9% have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of tests conducted has increased to 3,781,119 on Friday, up 15,599 from Thursday. Of those, 5,498 were tests of people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.

The 17 deaths reported Friday were:

  • An Iron County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Tooele County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Weber County man who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • Two Salt Lake County women who were between the ages of 65 and 84 and were residents of long-term care facilities
  • Two Salt Lake County women who were over the age of 85 and were residents of long-term care facilities
  • A Uintah County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Weber County woman who was over the age of 85 and was not hospitalized when she died

Friday's totals give Utah 370,084 total confirmed cases, with 14,628 total hospitalizations and 1,907 total deaths from the disease. A total of 350,198 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, state data shows.

A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday in favor to recommend emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Once it's been formally approved, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said that Utah expects to receive doses by Wednesday.

"So many have suffered through this pandemic," Cox said in a Friday afternoon news release. "A third authorized vaccine tells me that even through some of our darkest times, miracles still happen. This is a testament to modern research, science, public health and medicine. We are in a race to save as many lives as possible through vaccines. This vaccine will do that. Remember, all three vaccines are safe and effective. You can have confidence that any of them will protect you and those around you from COVID-19."

Gov. Cox provided a pandemic update at a news conference Thursday.

Methodology:

See more details about KSL.com's COVID-19 data and methodology by clicking this link.

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.

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