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The Utah Department of Health reported on Sunday that 1,567,927 Utahns had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This number equates to 47.9% of all Utahns and 60.3% of those who are eligible.
Getting at least one dose in the arms of over 60% of eligible Utahns is good, but it doesn’t look like Utah will hit its desired goal of 70% by July 4. This reference echoes that of the national target set by the Biden. administration.
By some math at the bottom of the towel on Twitter Sunday morning Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke, at its current rate, Utah would reach 70% by the end of August. Although, as Gehrke pointed out, the rate of vaccination here is slowing down.
On Sunday, the state health department reported 8,114 new vaccine doses administered, with the total number of doses now standing at 2,790,287.
Authorities reported two new deaths on Sunday, bringing the death toll in Utah to 2,330. In addition, 249 new cases were reported; there are now 411,610 cases reported since the start of the pandemic about 15 months ago.
Vaccine doses administered during the last day / total doses administered • 8 114 / 2 790 287.
Fully vaccinated utahns • 1.345.433.
Cases reported in the last day • 249.
Deaths reported in the past day • Two, a Davis County man aged 45 to 64 and a Utah County man aged 65 to 84.
Tests reported the day before • 2,786 people were tested for the first time. A total of 4,092 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in the last day • 157. It’s 11 less than Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 70 are in intensive care units, two fewer than on Saturday.
Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate is 8.9%. This is higher than the seven-day average of 8.1%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeat testing of the same individual. Sunday’s rate was 6.1%, above the seven-day average of 5.3%
[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]
Totals to date • 411,610 cases; 2,330 deaths; 17,271 hospitalizations; 2,761,298 people tested.