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431 more COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, nearly 6K vaccinations reported Friday in Utah

In this Saturday, May 15, 2021, file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine lie in a box during a vaccine campaign in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany.

In this Saturday, May 15, 2021, file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine lie in a box during a vaccine campaign in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. (Associated Press)



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 431 on Friday, with three more deaths and 5,726 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 401 — the first time that average has been reported above 400 since April, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 10.2%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 6.8%.

The health department won't be providing daily COVID-19 case count updates over the holiday weekend. Starting this weekend, the health department will only be providing updates on official business days, so the agency's next report will be on Tuesday, July 6.

Larger case counts will now be expected on Mondays because reports on Mondays will include all the cases from the previous weekend.

There are now 254 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 81 in intensive care, state data shows. The health department now reports that 78% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, meaning that the ICUs are effectively full, and there is a major strain on the health care system.

About 82% of ICU beds in Utah's referral hospitals, which are the 16 facilities equipped to provide the best care for COVID-19 patients, are now occupied, which indicates that those facilities are nearly overwhelmed. About 59% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah.

A total of 2,871,078 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,865,352 Thursday. About 49.4% of the Utah population, a total of 1,583,249 residents, have now received at least a first vaccine dose, according to the health department. About 44% of the population, a total of 1,410,274 Utahns, are now fully vaccinated.

Among the Utah population of people age 12 and older who are currently eligible to receive the vaccines, 61.1% have at least one dose and 54.4% are fully vaccinated.

The new numbers indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,803,361 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.8% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted in Utah during the pandemic is 5,119,725, up 7,369 since Thursday. Of those, 4,182 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19, according to the health department.

The three deaths reported Friday were a Box Elder County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84, a Cache County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64, and a Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 25 and 44. All three were hospitalized when they died, according to the health department.

Friday's totals give Utah 416,110 total confirmed cases, with 17,551 total hospitalizations and 2,378 total deaths from the disease.

This story will be updated.

Methodology

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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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