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Utah took “another step in the wrong direction” on Thursday, Gov. Spencer Cox said, reporting 1,113 new cases of COVID-19 – the most in a single day in nearly five and a half months. (There were 1,148 on February 17.)
And, the governor repeated, the state could “turn the tide” and the growing numbers could be reversed if unvaccinated Utahns were vaccinated.
“Sadly, almost everyone who gets sick and will end up in hospital because of the number of cases today is not vaccinated,” Cox said. “This pandemic of unvaccinated people is tragic because it is preventable. Getting vaccinated has never been easier. While we are encouraged by the increase in vaccinations, we need more people to protect themselves and their families. “
The seven-day moving average of positive tests rose to 691, the highest number since February 25, when it stood at 692.
Vaccine doses administered during the last day / total doses administered • 8 122 / 3 009 594.
Fully vaccinated utahns • 1 475 806.
Cases reported in the last day • 1 113.
Deaths reported in the past day • Three – a woman aged 45 to 64 and a woman 85 and over in Salt Lake County, and a woman aged 65 to 84 in Utah County.
Tests reported the day before • 5,757 people were tested for the first time. A total of 9,993 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in the last day • 353. That’s three more than Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 156 are in intensive care, one less than Wednesday.
As of Thursday, 85.5% of the state’s intensive care beds were occupied. (This includes both COVID-19 patients and everyone else.)
Percentage of positive tests • Under the original state method, the rate is 19.3%. This is higher than the seven-day average of 14.7%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeat testing of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 11.1%, above the seven-day average of 10.4%
[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]
Totals to date • 431,256 cases; 2,450 deaths; 18,526 hospitalizations; 2,910,139 people tested.
This story is developing and will be updated.