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325 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, over 7K vaccinations reported Friday in Utah

Syringes containing doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine await patients at a vaccination site run by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Utah reported 325 new COVID-19 cases Friday and two more deaths.

Syringes containing doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine await patients at a vaccination site run by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Utah reported 325 new COVID-19 cases Friday and two more deaths. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's COVID-19 cases increased by 325 on Friday, with two more deaths and 7,187 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

There are an estimated 5,737 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah as of Friday. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 296, 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 4.9%.

There are now 170 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 66 in intensive care units, state data shows. About 79% of ICU beds in Utah hospitals are now occupied, including about 82% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals.

Both of those statistics show ICU usage is above the "warning" mark of 77%, which means ICUs across the state are now fuller than optimal levels, according to the health department. About 57% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah.

A total of 2,775,154 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,767,967 Thursday. A total of 1,562,030 Utahns — or about 48.7% of the state's total population — have now received at least a first dose of the vaccine, according to health data. A total of 1,335,317 Utahns — about 41.7% of the total state population — are now fully vaccinated, according to the health department.

For Utahns ages 12 and older, who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, about 60.3% have received at least a first vaccine dose, and 51.5% are fully vaccinated. A total of 3,206,128 vaccine doses have been shipped to Utah so far.

Friday's new numbers indicate a 0.08% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,755,326 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.9% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since the pandemic began in Utah is now 5,037,327, an increase of 6,325 since Thursday. Of those, 3,458 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19.

The two deaths reported Friday were:

  • A Davis County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized when she died.
  • A Weber County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized when she died.

Friday totals give Utah 411,071 total confirmed cases, with 17,232 total hospitalizations and 2,326 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 403,008 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the 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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