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246 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death, 14K vaccinations reported Monday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Apr. 26, 2021 at 1:21 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 26, 2021 at 12:45 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 246 on Monday, with one more death and 14,019 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

There are now an estimated 8,489 active COVID-19 cases in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 389 according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 6.1%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3%.

There are now 146 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 61 in intensive care, state data shows. Just under 67% of all intensive care unit beds are now occupied in Utah, including about 70% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals, according to state data. About 48% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in the state, according to the health department.

A total of 2,053,317 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,039,298 Sunday. That includes 1,260,198 Utahns who have now received at least one vaccine dose, as well as 879,342 who are now fully vaccinated, according to the health department.

About 53% of vaccine-eligible Utahns age 16 and older have now received at least one vaccine dose, and 37% are fully vaccinated, the health department reported. About 39% of all Utahns, including children under age 16 who aren't currently eligible for the vaccine, have now received at least one dose, and about 27% are fully vaccinated.

A total of 2,369,410 vaccine doses have now been shipped to the state, health department data shows.

The new numbers indicate a 0.06% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 2,533,517 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.6% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted in Utah since the pandemic began is now 4,583,452, up 5,212 since Sunday. Of those, 3,026 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19, according to the health department.

The death reported Monday was a Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died.

Monday's totals give Utah 395,677 total confirmed cases, with 16,070 total hospitalizations and 2,183 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 385,005 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, according to the health department.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox's regular weekly COVID-19 news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, according to his office.

Utah's pandemic "endgame" bill, HB294, requires all state and local health orders to end on the day that Utah reaches the threshold in three areas: 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.

The state is meeting the benchmark in the first two metrics. Utah's 14-day case rate is reported at 168.3 per 100,000 people, and the COVID-19 ICU usage average over the last week is about 11.6% as of Monday, state data shows. The health department reports that 1,436,345 prime doses have been allocated to Utah as of Monday; the state is expected to reach the 1,633,000 benchmark in the second or third week of May, health officials say.

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.

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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