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463 more COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, over 43K vaccinations reported Friday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Apr. 16, 2021 at 1:18 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 16, 2021 at 1:02 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 463 on Friday, with two more deaths and 43,636 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

There are now an estimated 8,704 active cases of the disease in Utah, according to the health department. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 393, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 7.6%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.8%.

There are 159 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 61 in intensive care, state data shows. About 73% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including about 77% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 57% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in the state.

A total of 1,852,460 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,808,824 Thursday. A total of 1,168,364 Utahns have now received at least one vaccine dose, while 768,591 are now fully vaccinated, state data shows. A total of 2,122,260 vaccine doses have been shipped to the state so far.

Friday's new numbers indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,478,707 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.8% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since Utah's pandemic began is now 4,451,510, up 17,826 since Thursday. Of those, 7,879 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19, according to the health department.

The two deaths reported Friday were a Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died, and a Weber County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died.

Friday's totals give Utah 392,096 total confirmed cases, with 15,879 total hospitalizations and 2,164 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 381,228 Utah COVID-19 cases are now being considered recovered, according to the health department.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox provided a COVID-19 pandemic update at a PBS Utah news conference Thursday.

Utah's pandemic "endgame" bill, which is formally known as HB294, 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 Friday, Utah meets HB294's threshold in the first two measurements. The 14-day case rate is 173.4 cases per 100,000 people, and the seven-day COVID-19 ICU average is now 11.5%, according to the health department.

As of Friday, a total of 1,335,645 prime doses have been allocated to Utah, up from 1,133,775 Thursday. The state is expected to cross the 1,633,000 prime dose threshold by the middle of May, according to health officials. Prime doses refer to the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as the sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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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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