Asma Dahir leads cars during a COVID-19 vaccination event at the Khadeeja Islamic Center and Mosque in West Valley City on Friday, March 26, 2021. Health officials reported 362 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
According to the Utah Department of Health, 225 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Utah, including 79 in intensive care units.
This is the highest number of cases currently hospitalized in Utah since 231 hospitalizations were reported on February 25, according to state data. The number of 79 patients in intensive care is the highest since the same number was reported on March 5, according to the health service.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah increased by 361 on Tuesday, with three additional deaths and 4,519 vaccinations reported.
The average number of positive cases per day over seven rolling days is now 364, according to the health ministry. The rate of positive tests per day for this period calculated using the “person-to-person” method is now 9.7%. The rate of positive tests per day for this period calculated with the “test on test” method is now 6.4%.
About 73% of intensive care beds in Utah hospitals are occupied Tuesday, including about 76% of intensive care beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. This is above the state’s “warning” level of intensive care use of 72%, which means intensive care has more capacity than is optimal. About 52% of non-ICU beds in Utah hospitals are now occupied.
The surge in hospitalizations comes as Utah has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, mostly among unvaccinated people.
Although the majority of recent new cases are in people who have not received the vaccine, there are still a handful of “groundbreaking” cases that have been diagnosed in fully vaccinated Utahns.
The seven-day COVID-19 case rate for unvaccinated Utahns is reported at 125.8 per 100,000 people on Tuesday, according to the health department. That rate is 15.7 for those fully vaccinated, and the rate for all Utahns is 79.5, according to state data.
From June 20 to 26, the most recent seven-day period for which data on Utah breakthrough cases is available, state data shows a total of 2,338 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 245, or just over 10%, were revolutionary cases, according to the health ministry.
A total of 1,573,133 Utahns – or about 49.1% of the state’s total population – have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. A total of 1,399,374 Utahns – or about 43.6% of the population – are now fully vaccinated. About 60.7% of Utahns aged 12 and over, the population currently eligible for vaccines, have received at least a first dose, and 54% of this population is fully vaccinated.
A total of 2,851,187 doses of the vaccine were administered in the state, up from 2,846,668 on Monday. So far 3,253,764 doses of vaccine have been shipped to Utah.
Tuesday’s new figures show a 0.09% increase in positive cases since Monday. Of the 2,790,264 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.9% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of tests since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Utah stands at 5,095,549 on Tuesday, an increase of 5,452 since Monday. Of those, 3,272 were tests of people who had never been tested for COVID-19.
The deaths reported on Tuesday include two men aged 45 to 64, one from Salt Lake County and one from Davis County, as well as a woman from Box Elder County who was between 25 and 44 years old. All three were hospitalized when they died, the health ministry said.
Tuesday’s totals give Utah 414,565 total confirmed cases, with 17,481 total hospitalizations and 2,368 total deaths from the disease.