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Health department: 686 new coronavirus cases in Utah Saturday

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Feb. 27, 2021 at 11:48 a.m. | Posted - Feb. 27, 2021 at 11:18 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health is reporting 686 more test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, as well as 22 more deaths from the disease and 19,757 additional vaccine doses administered.

Nineteen of the deaths occurred before Feb. 6, officials said, but were still under investigation. Overall, that brings Utah to 370,770 total confirmed cases, 1,929 deaths and 702,293 vaccine doses given since the pandemic arrived almost a year ago.

Of those vaccines administered, 249,398 have been second doses so far.

There are currently 223 Utahns reported hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 89 in intensive care. Saturday's new case numbers come as 17,724 more test results were reported. A total of 3,798,843 tests have now been conducted statewide on about 2,201,426 different people.

Over the past week, the state is averaging 681 cases per day and a positive test rate of 5.5%.

The deaths reported Saturday included 12 men:

  • A Beaver County resident over age 85 who was hospitalized when he died
  • A Beaver County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized
  • A Davis County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized when he died
  • An Emery County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized
  • A Salt Lake County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized
  • A Salt Lake County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized
  • A Utah County resident over age 85 who lived in a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized
  • A Washington County resident between ages 65 and 84 who lived in a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County resident over age 85 who was not hospitalized
  • A Weber County resident between ages 45 and 64 who lived in a long-term care facility
  • A Weber County resident between ages 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized

It also included 10 women:

  • A Cache County resident between ages 65 and 84 who lived in a long-term care facility
  • An Emery County resident over age 85 who was not hospitalized when she died
  • Four Salt Lake County residents between ages 65 and 84 who lived in long-term care facilities
  • A Salt Lake County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized
  • A Utah County resident between ages 65 and 84 who lived in a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County resident between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when she died
  • A Washington County resident over age 85 who lived in a long-term care facility

Health department data shows there are currently 17 Utah long-term care facilities with active outbreaks among their residents.

There is no coronavirus news conference from state leaders scheduled for over the weekend. On Thursday, Gov. Spencer Cox announced that Utahns age 16 and older, with certain comorbidities, are immediately eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The full list of comorbidities that make a person eligible for the vaccine is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution/#eligibility.

Utah is currently administering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which require two doses, while Cox expects the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to arrive in Utah next week as well.

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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