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300 more COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, 28K vaccinations reported Tuesday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Apr. 6, 2021 at 3:29 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 6, 2021 at 1:04 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 300 on Tuesday, with four more deaths and 28,314 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department estimates there are 9,057 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 387, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 7.1%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.4%.

There are 130 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 48 in intensive care, state data shows. About 65% of intensive care unit hospital beds are now occupied in Utah, including 69% of ICU beds at the state's 16 referral hospitals, state data shows. About 47% of Utah's non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied, according to the health department.

A total of 1,526,353 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 1,498,039 Monday. A total of 994,402 Utahns have received at least one vaccine dose, while 579,627 have been fully vaccinated. A total of 1,734,950 vaccine doses, including prime and booster doses, have been shipped to Utah so far.

The new numbers indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 2,417,211 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.1% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of tests conducted since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 4,305,397, up 10,662 since Monday. Of those, 4,018 were tests of people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.

The four deaths reported Tuesday were:

  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Tooele County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died

Tuesday's totals give Utah 387,814 total confirmed cases, with 15,656 total hospitalizations and 2,137 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 376,620 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

A COVID-19 news conference has not yet been scheduled for this week.

Utah's pandemic "endgame" bill, formally known as House Bill 294, requires all state and local health orders related to COVID-19 to end on the day that Utah reaches the threshold in three key metrics: 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.

As of Tuesday, Utah is meeting the threshold in the first two measurements. The 14-day case rate is reported at 176.7, and the COVID-19 ICU usage average from the last seven days is about 9.3%.

As of last week, Utah had been allocated only 920,515 prime vaccine doses. This week, the state has been allocated an additional 38,610 prime doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 28,300 prime doses of the Moderna vaccine, and 4,900 prime doses of the Johnson & Johnson, bringing the state's total allocation to 992,325, health officials said Tuesday.

Prime doses refer to the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and the only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The prime dose allocation is only updated once a week, and the allocation is expected to reach the 1,633,000 threshold by the second or third week of May, according to health officials.

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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