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Utah is closing in on three-quarters of a million people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — that number now stands at nearly 742,000.
The state also reported one more death on Thursday. While the number of new cases remained relatively high — more than 450 — there have been just three deaths from COVID-19 reported in the past five days.
Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 40,578 / 1,808,824.
Utahns fully vaccinated • 741,819.
Cases reported in past day • 456.
Deaths reported in past day • One — a woman between the ages of 45 and 64 in Salt Lake County.
Tests reported in past day • 7,124 people were tested for the first time. A total of 18,714 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 146. That’s down two from Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 57 are in intensive care units — two fewer than on Wednesday.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 6.4%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 7.4%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 2.4%, lower than the seven-day average of 3.7%.
Totals to date • 391,633 cases; 2,162 deaths; 15,859 hospitalizations; 2,470,828 people tested.
Gov. Spencer Cox on Thursday released an executive order eliminating the 90-day wait period for people who have had COVID-19 to get a vaccine. The news release attached to the order notes that the Utah Department of Health recommends people be fully recovered before getting the vaccine.