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315 more COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, 18K vaccinations reported Tuesday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Apr. 20, 2021 at 1:56 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 20, 2021 at 12:56 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 315 on Tuesday, with eight more deaths and 18,065 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Four of the deaths occurred before March 20 but were still being investigated by state medical examiners, the health department said.

The health department estimates there were 8,477 active COVID-19 cases in Utah as of Tuesday. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 375, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 6.7%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.2%.

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, according to the health department. About 51% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in the state.

A total of 1,916,922 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,898,857 Monday. A total of 1,202,333 Utahns, or about 50.6% of all vaccine-eligible residents age 16 and over, have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, the health department reported. A total of 799,291 Utahns, or about 33.6% of the state's vaccine-eligible population, are now considered fully vaccinated.

About 24.9% of all Utahns, including children under age 16 who aren't currently eligible for the vaccine, are now fully vaccinated, according to the health department. About 37.5% of all Utahns have now received at least one vaccine dose. A total of 2,168,470 vaccine doses have been shipped to Utah so far, the health department reported.

The new numbers indicate a 0.08% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 2,498,939 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.7% have tested positive for the disease. The number of total tests conducted since Utah's pandemic began is now at 4,510,088, up 13,574 since Monday, according to the health department. Of those, 5,100 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for the disease.

The eight deaths reported Tuesday were:

  • A Carbon County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Sanpete County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Uintah County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Uintah County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when she died

Tuesday's totals give Utah 393,272 total confirmed cases, with 15,959 total hospitalizations and 2,174 total deaths from the disease. The health department estimates there are now 382,621 recovered COVID-19 cases in Utah.

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 Tuesday, the threshold is being met in the first two statistics. Utah's current COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people is now 170.4, and the COVID-19 ICU usage average over the last week is now 11.3%, state data shows.

A total of 1,335,645 prime doses have been allocated to Utah as of Tuesday. The state is expected to meet the 1,633,000 prime doses benchmark by the second or third week of May. The first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine cycles, as well as the sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are considered prime doses.

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.

Also Tuesday, the health department announced that state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn will leave her position this summer to become the executive director of the Salt Lake County Health Department.

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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