State health department reports 2,613 more cases of COVID-19, 9 deaths on Saturday

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health said on Saturday that there were 2,613 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and that nine more Utahns had died from the disease.
That brings Utah to 303,723 total confirmed cases and 1,390 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The seven-day positive test rate is 32.6%, the ministry said, and the state averages 3,147 new cases reported per day during that time.

There are currently 535 reported Utahns hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 181 in intensive care, contributing to statewide intensive care utilization of more than 90%.

The health department says 99,612 doses of the vaccine have now been given statewide, more than 10,000 more than reported on Friday. Vaccines require two doses for maximum effectiveness.

In an email, the health department said the nine Utahns who died included:

  • Davis County man aged 65 to 84 who was hospitalized when he died
  • Two Salt Lake County men aged 45 to 64 who were hospitalized when they died
  • Salt Lake County man aged 65 to 84 who was hospitalized when he died
  • Salt Lake County man over 85 who was not hospitalized when he died
  • Salt Lake County man over 85 who was hospitalized when he died
  • Uintah County man over 85 who was not hospitalized when he died
  • Two Weber County men aged 65 to 84 who were hospitalized when they died

Men now account for more than 62% of coronavirus-related deaths in Utah. Utahns over 64 make up 8% of the state’s total cases, but 77% of its deaths and more than 13% of Utahns over 84 who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in because of that.

There is no head of state coronavirus press conference scheduled for this weekend, but new Governor Spencer Cox led one on Friday from the State Capitol. Cox said teachers in Utah schools will have access to the vaccine starting Monday and presented a plan to speed up vaccine distribution, along with a tentative schedule for the next phases of vaccine access.

Methodology:

Test results now include data from PCR tests and antigen tests. Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the health department immediately after confirmation, but negative test results may not be reported for 24 to 72 hours.

The total number of cases reported each day by the Utah Department of Health includes all COVID-19 cases since the start of the Utah epidemic, including those currently infected, those who have recovered from illness and those who died.

Cured cases are defined as anyone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 three weeks or more ago and has not died.

Referral hospitals are the 16 hospitals in Utah capable of providing the best healthcare for COVID-19.

The deaths reported by the state have typically occurred two to seven days before they are reported, according to the health department. Some deaths can be even more distant, especially if the person is from Utah but died in another state.

The health department is reporting deaths from confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases according to the case definition set by the State Council and territorial epidemiologists. Counts may change as case investigations are completed.

For deaths reported as COVID-19 deaths, the person would not have died if they did not have COVID-19, according to the health department.

The data included in this story primarily reflects the state of Utah as a whole. For more localized data, visit your local health district website.

More information on Utah’s health counseling levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

The information comes 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 to the “Data Notes” section at the bottom of the page.

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