SALT LAKE CITY – Utah health officials on Saturday reported 2,613 more COVID-19 cases and nine deaths.
The new cases were confirmed in 13,104 people tested, with a positive rate of 19.9%, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The state’s seven-day moving average for new cases started climbing again above 3,000 on Friday. As of Saturday, the average number of cases stood at 3,147 per day, and the moving average percentage of positive lab tests was still high at 32.6%.
Nearly 10,200 vaccines have been administered since Friday’s report, bringing the total doses administered in Utah to 99,612, the health department said.
Gov. Spencer Cox announced on Friday that he intends to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations in Utah, targeting those 70 and older as well as residents of long-term care facilities, saying he was disappointed that the state’s efforts to date had failed for less than half of the vaccine. state-delivered doses have been administered so far.
On Saturday, 535 patients were hospitalized with the disease in Utah, eight fewer than those hospitalized the day before. Intensive care units across the state were 90.5% full with coronavirus and other patients, while referral intensive care units capable of treating more severe patients were 92.8% full.
Today, 303,723 cases have been confirmed out of more than 1.8 million people tested for the disease in Utah since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations since the start of the epidemic total 11,778 in the state.
The state’s death toll from the disease rose to 1,390 residents on Saturday as nine more deaths were reported. The death rate now stands at 0.46% of confirmed cases.
Among the most recent deaths, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City announced on Saturday that Reverend Reynato “René” T. Rodillas died after testing positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.
After visiting the emergency room and receiving oxygen, he was sent home in quarantine and recovering. He is believed to have died on Friday, but the date of his death is under investigation by the state medical examiner’s office.
Father Rodillas, 58, came from the Philippines to serve in the Diocese of Salt Lake City in 2007. He recently served at Saint James the Just in Ogden, where he was appointed pastor in 2019.
The diocese asked the community to keep their family, friends and parishioners in their prayers.
The latest casualties also include:
- Two men from Salt Lake County between 45 and 64 who were both hospitalized when they died.
- Two men from Salt Lake County and a man from Uintah County over 85, one of whom was hospitalized.
- A man from Davis County, a man from Salt Lake County and two men from Weber County between the ages of 65 and 84 who also died while in hospital.