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9 More Utahns Have Died From COVID, 444 Test Positive; 47K Vaccines Administered

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Utah Department of Health on Friday reported 444 additional Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 and said nine more Utahns have died from the virus.

Eight of the nine deaths occurred before March 18 and the death of a woman that was previously reported on Feb. 21 has been retracted, UDOH officials said.

An additional 46,995 vaccines have been administered, bringing the state’s total to more than 1.65 million, and there were 140 people hospitalized with the virus.

For more information, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

Testing

UDOH reports 2,436,569 people have been tested — 5,264 more than Thursday. Of those, 389,353 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19, which is an increase of 444 new cases.

(UDOH)

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests was 402 per day – up from 399 on Thursday.

The rolling 7-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” dropped slightly to 7%, while the rolling 7-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” remained at 3.4%.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 140 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 55 of those people are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 70.1% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 72.2% full Friday.

(UDOH)

“At about 69% overall ICU utilization, ICUs in Utah’s major hospitals with the ability to provide best care for COVID-19 patients begin to reach staffing capacity,” UDOH officials said. “Seventy-two percent use among all hospitals and 77% in referral center hospitals creates major strains on the health care system. When 85% capacity is reached, Utah will be functionally out of staffed ICU beds, indicating an overwhelmed hospital system.”

Deaths

Nine more individuals have lost their lives because of COVID-19. Officials said eight of those deaths occurred before March 18, and one death previously reported on Feb. 21 has been retracted. To date, the virus has killed 2,157 of the state’s residents.

The following deaths were reported Friday:

  1. Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  2. Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  3. Female, between 65-84, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  4. Male, older than 85, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  5. Female, older than 85, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  6. Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  7. Male, older than 85, Cache County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  8. Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  9. Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death

Vaccinations

The state has administered 1,650,850 vaccines in total, which is an increase of 46,995 over Thursday’s numbers.

(UDOH)

So far, 1,042,595 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 621,247 Utahns have been fully immunized.

The state reached 1 million residents with at least one dose on Wednesday.

There have been 1,866,070 vaccines delivered to Utah.

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