Gov. Cox says Utah tops 1 million vaccines; 491 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday

Taelor Leonelli, RN, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the Tooele County Health Department building.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has officially delivered more than 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses, Gov. Spencer Cox announced on Twitter Saturday morning.

That number doesn't quite match the Utah Department of Health tally of 993,168 — 25,687 more doses administered than on Friday — but the discrepancy may be due to reporting delays. Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson reported the number of total "shots in arms" at 1,015,380.

A health department spokesperson said the administration is using internal sources that update more frequently than public ones, and that Sunday's official public count will exceed 1 million doses.

Cox said the milestone is "incredible" and "speaks to the dedication of our public health teams and private partners."

"Thanks to everyone who stepped up in a historic way," he wrote. "We are just getting started."

Later, the health department issued its daily coronavirus update, revealing 491 new confirmed cases and four more deaths in the state.

Overall, that brings Utah to 377,983 confirmed cases and 2,021 related deaths since the pandemic began.

Over the past week, the state is averaging 510 more cases per day and a positive test rate of 4.1%. There are currently 144 Utahns hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 59 in intensive care.

The four deaths reported Saturday were of:

  • A Davis County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was the resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Davis County man between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when he died
  • A Washington County woman between ages 65 and 84 who was hospitalized
  • A man between ages 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized when he died, and whose home county is unknown

Currently, Utahns age 50 and older are eligible to schedule a coronavirus vaccine, as are Utahns with certain underlying medical conditions. A list of qualifying conditions is available here.

On April 1, Utah plans to expand vaccine eligibility to every adult who wants one.

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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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Graham Dudley reports on politics, breaking news and more for KSL.com. A native Texan, Graham's work has previously appeared in the Brownwood (Texas) Bulletin and The Oklahoma Daily.

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