This Saturday, May 15, 2021, felt, empty vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine lie in a box during a vaccination campaign in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. Health authorities are trying to determine if heart inflammation, which can occur with many types of infections, can also be a rare side effect in teens and young adults after the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo / Matthias Schrader)
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s COVID-19 cases rose by 266 on Friday with no new deaths and 37,700 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
About 26,000 of the vaccinations reported Friday were delayed doses administered as far back as Jan. 1
An estimated 5,338 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah as of Friday.
The seven-day average number of positive cases per Day is now at 273 according to the health department. The positive test rate per Day for the time period calculated with the method “people over people” is now 6.8%. The positive test rate per Day for the time period calculated by the “test over test” method is now 4.4%.
While there has been a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in Utah since Memorial Day weekend, the state is still doing well, Intermountain Healthcare infectious disease physician Dr. Eddie Stenehjem on Friday during an Intermountain Facebook Live event.
“What a difference the last few months have made,” Stenehjem said. “We have a really good place.”
Memorial Day marked a shift in the way most people treat COVID-19 in Utah, Stone Home said. More people gather more often, and fewer people wear masks.
The little spikes Utah is holding out now are nowhere near as bad as spikes seen last winter after Halloween and the Thanksgiving holiday, he added.
There are 157 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 57 in intensive care, state data shows. About 75% of all hospital beds in the intensive care unit in Utah are now occupied, including 78% in the state’s 16 referral hospitals, according to the health department. Approx. 68% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied.
A total of 2,713,796 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,676,026 on Thursday. A total of 1,539,181 Utahns, or about 48% of the state’s total population, have received at least a first dose of the vaccine. A total of 1,293,995 Utahns, ca. 40.4% of the total population are fully vaccinated.
Among the population of Utahs aged 12 and older who are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, about 59.4% have at least a first dose and 49.9% are fully vaccinated according to state data. A total of 3,178,584 vaccine doses have been sent to Utah since the pandemic began.
Right now, all the major COVID-19 variants are covered by the vaccines, Stenehjem said. But since other countries do not have wide access to the vaccine as in the United States, the disease will continue to spread in other countries, he added. As the virus spreads through populations, there is potential for other variants to mutate.
“We will definitely see continued global increases,” he said.
The new figures indicate a 0.07% increase in positive cases since Thursday. Of the 2,731,915 people tested so far for COVID-19 in Utah, 15% have tested positive for the disease. The number of total tests conducted in Utah since the pandemic began is now 4,996,139, an increase of 7,094 since Thursday, according to the Department of Health. Of these, 3,737 were tests of humans who had not previously been tested for COVID-19.
Friday’s total gives Utah 409,007 total confirmed cases with 17,060 admissions in total and 2,319 total deaths due to the disease. An estimated 401,350 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered according to the health department.
TriCounty Health District reports COVID-19 wave
The TriCounty Health Department in eastern Utah reports an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week.
There have been 83 new cases in the last five days in the TriCounty Health Department covering the counties of Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah in the northeastern part of the state, according to a press release from the agency. That has more than doubled from the previous week – only 41 new cases were reported in the district from May 30 to June 5.
Only 27% of eligible Utahns aged 12 and older have received COVID-19 in the TriCounty district – the lowest rate in any district in the state, according to the Department of Health. All 83 of the people who received COVID-19 during the last week had not been vaccinated.
“While this is a small number who have had more serious illness with COVID-19 compared to those who have done well, we would like to remind society that it is all our responsibility to protect our family, our neighbors, our employee workers and our community, “said Greg Gardiner, clinical director at Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal, in a statement.
“The vaccine works. If you have not received the vaccine, please reconsider it. Let’s get to the crew’s immunity in the safest way.”
The health district will offer drive-thru vaccination clinics on Saturday at Duchesne High School from 6 p.m. 9-11, at Utah State University’s Roosevelt campus from 6 p.m. 13 and at the Vernal TriCounty Health Department from kl.
There are likely to be more outbreaks in the region if vaccination rates do not improve, the health area said.
“With our current low vaccination rate, I expect to see continued outbreaks. I ask all members of the community who have been waiting to be vaccinated to stop delaying and being vaccinated this week. We can end this pandemic right now and enjoy a summer without masks and without worries if we all do this together, ”said TriCounty health worker Kirk Benge.
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