SALT LAKE CITY — On the first day without a statewide mask mandate since November, the state's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 407, with two more deaths and 32,887 vaccinations reported Saturday, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 396, 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%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.4%.
There are now 143 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 53 in intensive care, state data shows. About 68% of Utah's intensive care unit beds are occupied as of Saturday, including about 70% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals, according to state data. About 54% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied in Utah.
A total of 1,683,737 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,650,850 Friday. A total of 1,089,914 Utahns have now received at least one vaccine dose, while 668,371 are now fully vaccinated.
The two deaths reported Saturday were:
- A Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 65-84 who was a long-term care facility resident
- A Utah County man between the ages of 65-84 who died in a hospital
Starting Saturday, masks won't be required in most settings, per Utah House Bill 294. Masks will still be required in some places, including K-12 schools, at gatherings of 50 or more people, at private businesses that still require them, and government properties, like Utah's National Parks. Grand County and Salt Lake City also have elected to keep mask mandates in place.
The Utah Jazz will continue to require masks at games. Utah's ski resorts are also requiring masks until the end of their respective season.
Health officials urged people to continue wearing masks after the mandate lifts.
"Until more people have a chance to get vaccinated, we urge people to continue to wear masks in public places and around those who haven't been vaccinated," health department executive director Richard Saunders said in a news release Friday. "We've come so far and are so close to returning to normal. We ask for your patience and cooperation a little while longer."