Number of new COVID-19 cases in Utah climbs back above 500

More than 700,000 Utahns are fully vaccinated; no new deaths.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Donna Burton preps a shot as teachers and staff of the Canyons School District received their second shots of the Moderna vaccine at Mount Jordan Middle School in Sandy on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

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For the third time in four days, Utah reported no new deaths as the result of COVID-19. And the number of residents who have been fully vaccinated now exceeds 700,000.

At the same time, the number of new cases of the coronavirus in the state climbed back above 500 for the first time since April 6, and the number of Utahns hospitalized with COVID-19 jumped 24 in a day — an increase of 16%.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 30,243 / 1,768,246.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 714,923.

Cases reported in past day • 530.

Deaths reported in past day • None.

Tests reported in past day • 8,155 people were tested for the first time. A total of 19,832 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 148. That’s up 24 from Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 59 are in intensive care units — the same as on Tuesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 6.5%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 7.7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 2.7%, lower than the seven-day average of 3.8%.

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

Totals to date • 391,177 cases; 2161 deaths; 15,838 hospitalizations; 2,463,704 people tested.