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200 more COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, 1,326 vaccinations reported Monday in Utah

LDS Hospital pharmacy director  Robb Dengg holds the first COVID-19 vaccines for hospital employees at the hospital in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.

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SALT LAKE CITY — About a third of Utah's vaccine-eligible population is now fully inoculated against COVID-19, while just over half of eligible Utahns have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, the Utah Department of Health reported Monday.

Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 200 on Monday, with two more deaths and 1,326 vaccinations reported, according to the health department.

A total of 1,898,857 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,897,531 Sunday. A total of 1,191,770 Utahns, or about 37.2% of the state's population, have now received at least one vaccine dose, while 791,734, about 24.7% of the total state population, are fully vaccinated. About 50.1% of all Utahns age 16 and older have now received at least one vaccine dose, according to the health department. About 33.3% of Utahns ages 16 and older are now fully vaccinated, the health department reported.

A total of 2,168,470 vaccine doses have been shipped to the state so far, according to health department data.

The health department estimates there are 8,538 active COVID-19 cases in Utah as of Monday. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 382, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 6.9%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.5%.

There are 138 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 54 in intensive care, state data shows. About 66% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including about 69% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 51% of Utah's non-ICU hospital beds are occupied as of Monday, according to state data.

The new numbers indicate a 0.05% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 2,493,089 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.8% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since the beginning of Utah's pandemic is now at 4,480,612, up 5,021 since Sunday. Of those, 2,695 were tests of people who had not previously been tested for the disease.

The two deaths reported Monday were both from Weber County. One was a man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died, and the second was a woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility.

Monday's totals give Utah 392,957 total confirmed cases, with 15,922 total hospitalizations and 2,166 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 382,253 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

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 Monday, Utah is meeting HB294's thresholds for the first two statistics. The state's COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people is now at 170.2, and the COVID-19 ICU usage rate over the past seven days is now 11.9%.

Only 1,335,645 prime doses have been allocated to Utah as of Monday, according to the health department. The first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccination cycles, as well as the sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson product, are considered prime doses. The state is expected to reach the 1,633,000 prime doses benchmark by the second or third week of May, according to health officials.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson are scheduled to provide a COVID-19 pandemic update at their weekly news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the governor's office.


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Jacob Klopfenstein is a breaking news reporter and entertainment editor for He has been with since 2017 and is originally from Indiana. He has previously reported for newspapers in Auburn, Indiana and Cortez, Colorado.


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