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570 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, 26,098 vaccinations reported on anniversary of Utah state of emergency

By Jen Riess, KSL.com | Updated - Mar. 6, 2021 at 12:13 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 6, 2021 at 11:31 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 570 on Saturday, with five more deaths and 26,098 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The day marked the one-year anniversary of Utah declaring a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic and the state's first confirmed case.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 527, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period reported with the "people over people" method is now 9.5%. The positive test rate per day seven-day average calculated with the "test over test" method is now 4.6%.

There are 194 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 77 in intensive care, state data shows. About 71.5% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are occupied, including 74.8% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 54.2% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied, according to the health department.

A total of 843,032 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 816,934 Friday. A total of 546,814 people have received at least one vaccine dose, while 304,168 have been fully vaccinated, according to health department data. A total of 1,005,715 vaccines have now been delivered to Utah.

Of the 2,243,694 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.7% have tested positive for the disease. The number of total tests conducted since the pandemic started is now at 3,903,480, up 18,594 since Friday.

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The five deaths reported Saturday include:

  • A Salt Lake County woman older than 85-years-old and was not hospitalized at time of death
  • A Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45-64 and was hospitalized at time of death
  • A Weber County man between the ages of 45-64 and was hospitalized at time of death
  • A Salt Lake County resident between the ages 25-44 and was hospitalized at time of death
  • A Uintah County woman between the ages of 45-64 and was hospitalized at time of death

Saturday's totals give Utah 374,438 total confirmed cases, with 14,867 total hospitalizations and 1,975 total deaths from the disease. A total of 358,249 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, the health department's data shows

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced at a Thursday news conference that eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine will be expanded to Utahns age 50 and up, as well as state residents with more underlying health conditions.

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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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