Utah administers almost 47,000 COVID-19 vaccines in a single day

The state also reports 444 new cases and nine more deaths.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dr. Diane Gilles takes a handful of syringes filled with the Moderna vaccine to be given to people on Thursday, March 18, 2021, as the Utah Film Studios loans its space to the Summit County Health Department as a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination station.

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The Utah Department of Health reported Friday that almost 47,000 people had received COVID-19 vaccines in the previous day. And with that, the number of Utahns now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus is nearing 650,000.

The state also reported 444 new cases of the disease and nine more deaths. Eight of the nine occurred before March 18 and were only recently confirmed to have been caused by COVID-19. And, after further testing, the state removed one fatality announced Feb. 21 after it was determined not to have been related to the coronavirus.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 46,995 / 1,650,850.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 649,354.

Cases reported in past day • 444.

Deaths reported in past day • Nine.

Salt Lake County reported five deaths: A man and two women between the ages of 65-84, and a man and a woman 85-plus.

There were two deaths in Davis County: A man and a woman 85-plus. Another man 85-plus died in Cache County. And Weber County reported the death of a woman 65-84.

Tests reported in past day • 5,264 people were tested for the first time. A total of 12,293 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 140. That’s up two from Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 55 are in intensive care units — two more than on Thursday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 8.4%. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Friday’s rate was 3.6%, slightly higher than the seven-day average of 3.4%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Totals to date • 389,353 cases; 2,157 deaths; 15,728 hospitalizations; 2,436,569 people tested.