SALT LAKE CITY – Over one million Utahns have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, state officials said Wednesday.
A total of 1,013,308 state residents have now received either their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Utah Department of Health said in a press release Wednesday.
“This is a milestone worth celebrating, and we hope this number will continue to rise as more and more Utahns choose to be vaccinated,” Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said in the release. “The speed with which we have been able to vaccinate Utahs is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Utah̵
The health department initially reported that about 66% of the vaccinated population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine, but later clarified that only about 44% of the eligible population now have at least one dose.
Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases rose by 612 on Wednesday with two more deaths and 34,814 more vaccinations reported, according to the health department. The Department of Health estimates that there are now 8,975 active COVID-19 cases in Utah.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per Day is now at 401 according to the health department. The positive test percentage per Day for the time period calculated with the method “people over people” is now 7.2%. The positive test rate per Day for the time period calculated by the “test over test” method is now 3.5%.
There are 140 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 55 in intensive care, state data shows. Approximately 69% of all intensive care unit beds are now admitted to Utah, including about 72% of ICU beds at the state’s 16 referral hospitals, state data shows. About 52% of non-ICU hospital beds are now admitted to the state, data from the health department shows.
A total of 1,561,167 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,526,353 on Tuesday. In addition to the 1,013,308 Utahns who have received at least one vaccine dose, 599,972 are now considered fully vaccinated according to the health department. A total of 1,835,670 vaccine doses have been sent to Utah so far.
The new figures indicate a 0.2% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 2,424,457 people tested so far for COVID-19 in Utah, 16% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests performed has risen to 4,323,919, an increase of 18,522 since Tuesday, state data shows. Of these, 7,246 were tests of humans who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.
The two deaths reported on Wednesday were:
- A Salt Lake County man who was between 45 and 64 years old and was hospitalized when he died
- A man from Washington County who was between 65 and 84 years old and was not hospitalized when he died
Wednesday’s total gives Utah 388,426 total confirmed cases with 15,675 total admissions and 2,139 total deaths due to the disease. An estimated 377,312 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered according to the Department of Health.
Utah’s pandemic “endgame” bill, formally known as House Bill 294, requires all state and local health orders related to COVID-19 to end the day Utah reaches the threshold of three key figures: the state’s 14-day case rate is less than 191 per . 100,000 people are the seven-day average of COVID-19 intensive care unit use below 15%, and 1,633,000 primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are assigned to Utah.
As of Wednesday, Utah meets the benchmark in the first two polls, but still has a long way to go to reach the threshold for the third. The state’s case rate of 14 days is now 178.2, and the average for seven days COVID-19 ICU is 9.4%.
Only 992,325 primary doses have been allocated to Utah as of this week, according to health officials. It is expected to reach the threshold of 1,633,000 in the second or third week of May, health officials say.
Utah’s primary dose allocation is updated weekly and differs from the number of people who have received a dose of the vaccine, which is updated daily. As the number of people who have received a dose is updated more often than the allocation of the primary dose, it comes before the statistics for the allocation of the primary dose, and the two often do not match.
Therefore, while the state reports Wednesday that 1,013,308 Utahns have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the state’s primary dose allocation stands at 992,325 for this week. The first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as well as the only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are considered as the main dose.
On Wednesday, the Salt Lake County Council announced that it would not extend the county’s mask mandate after April 10, with some exceptions. However, Salt Lake City’s mask mandate continues after that date, Mayor Erin Mendenhall said.
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