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518 more COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, over 24K vaccinations reported Wednesday in Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Apr. 28, 2021 at 3:04 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 28, 2021 at 1:16 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 518 on Wednesday, with four more deaths and 24,712 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department now estimates there are 8,417 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 380, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 6.4%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.4%.

There are 141 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 59 in intensive care, state data shows. About 72% of all intensive care unit beds are occupied in Utah, including about 75% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals, according to state data. About 54% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied in the state, according to the health department.

A total of 2,097,937 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,073,225 Tuesday. A total of 1,278,979 Utahns have now received at least one vaccine dose, while 905,863 are fully vaccinated. A total of 2,442,130 doses have been shipped to the state so far.

About 53.8% of Utahns age 16 and older have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 38.1% are now fully vaccinated, according to state data. Just under 40% of the state's total population has received at least one vaccine dose, and 28.3% of the total population are fully vaccinated.

The new numbers indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 2,545,363 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.6% have tested positive for the disease. The number of total tests conducted in Utah since the pandemic began is now 4,613,307, up 16,703 since Tuesday. Of those, 7,116 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19.

The four deaths reported Wednesday were:

  • A Davis County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized when he died
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Weber County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died

Wednesday's totals give Utah 396,522 total confirmed cases, with 16,129 total hospitalizations and 2,190 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 385,915 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox's weekly COVID-19 news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.

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 currently meeting the benchmark in the first two areas as of Wednesday. The 14-day case rate is now 166.8 per 100,000 people, and the COVID-19 ICU usage average over the past week is now 11.6%. A total of 1,525,710 prime vaccine doses have now been allocated to Utah.

The first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, as well as the sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are considered prime doses. The health department expects Utah to reach 1,633,000 prime doses by the middle of May.

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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