Health officials report 701 new cases Sunday and 10 more deaths.
Utah is seeing some good news in its battle against the coronavirus, but there’s plenty of work that still needs to be done.
The Utah Department of Health reported 701 new cases Sunday and Utah had only one day in the past week with more than 1,000 cases. The week before had three.
Hospitalizations have decreased as well. They dropped by one on Sunday to 241, the fewest admitted with the virus since October.
In addition, the Utah Health Department reported Sunday that 10 more people have died from COVID-19. That brings the state’s total death toll to 1,852.
The arrival of the vaccine no doubt has had a positive influence on the rate of transmission within the state.
“We’re probably somewhere just under 20% [immunity] at this point. … It’s not enough, but it is helping,” Webb said Tuesday. “And it’s a very important thing to see more and more of the population immune, because coupling that with social distancing [and] masking, it’s driving our case counts down.”
That’s good news for the state because currently when it comes to getting the vaccine into people’s arms, Utah trails most of the United States and its territories. Only 11.1% of the population has received at least one shot. That’s tied with Georgia for the second-worst percentage among the 50 states, behind Tennessee’s 11.0%.
It seems to be a supply problem more than a demand problem. Utah has distributed 93% of the doses it has received, according to the New York Times analysis, which puts it in the top five in the nation.
Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 9,123 / 607,557.
Number of Utahns who have received two doses • 205,388.
Cases reported in past day • 701.
Deaths reported in past day • 10 (seven occurred before Feb. 1).
Eight of those who died were between ages 65 and 84. That includes four who were in long-term care facilities: a man and a woman from Salt Lake County, a man from Utah County and a man from Davis County. Others in that age range included a man from Iron County who was not hospitalized when he died and two women and a man — from Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties, respectively — who were hospitalized.
The other victims were both older than 85. They included a Sevier County woman who was in a long-term care facility and a man from Utah County who was not hospitalized.
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 241. That’s down one from Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 100 are in intensive care units — one more than on Saturday.
Tests reported in past day • 5,477 people were tested for the first time. A total of 10,454 people were tested.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 12.79%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 13.58%.
The new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Sunday’s rate is now at 6.7%, higher than the seven-day average of 6.31%.
Totals to date • 366,735 cases; 1,852 deaths; 14,445 hospitalizations; 2,163,613 people tested.