Four of the deaths occurred before March 1 but were still being investigated by state medical examiners, the health department said.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 407, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period reported with the "people over people" method is now 6.9%. The positive test rate per day seven-day average calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.4%.
There are now 138 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 46 in intensive care, state data shows. About 64% of all intensive care unit hospital beds in Utah are occupied as of Friday, including about 67% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals, according to the health department. About 53% of non-ICU hospital beds in Utah are now occupied.
A total of 1,450,263 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,410,214 Thursday. A total of 948,468 Utahns have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 541,293 are now fully vaccinated. A total of 1,691,460 vaccine doses have now been delivered to Utah, state data shows.
The new numbers indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,400,410 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.1% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since the pandemic began increased to 4,268,946, up 14,258 since Thursday. Of those, 5,761 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19, according to state data.
The six deaths reported Friday were:
- A Davis County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Millard County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
- A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died
- A Utah County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Weber County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
Friday's totals give Utah 386,550 total confirmed cases, with 15,573 total hospitalizations and 2,131 total deaths from the disease.
Utah House Bill 294, also known as the state's COVID-19 "endgame" bill, requires that all state and local Utah health orders related to the pandemic end on the day that the state's 14-day case rate is less than 191 per 100,000 people, the seven-day average of COVID-19 intensive care unit usage is under 15%, and 1,633,000 prime doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated to Utah.
The state is now meeting the benchmark in the first and second metrics. The 14-day case rate is 180.3 as of Friday, and Utah's seven-day average of COVID-19 ICU usage is about 10.3%, according to health department data. A total of 920,515 prime vaccine doses have been allocated to Utah, according to the health department.
Utah leaders provided a COVID-19 pandemic update at a news conference Thursday.
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.