40% of eligible Utahns are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Seven more residents die — but all seven deaths occurred more than four weeks ago.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Badger Norman, 17, a student at Woods Cross High School receives his first Pfizer vaccine at a pop-up clinic by Nomi Health, April 27, 2021. County and regional health districts are setting up vaccination clinics in high schools, to get the COVID-19 vaccine to 16 and 17-year-olds.

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Almost 925,000 Utahns are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the state health department reported Thursday — and that represents roughly 40% of state residents age 16 and older who are eligible to receive the vaccine.

That’s according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 estimate of Utah’s population and demographics. Full vaccination means those who have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Utah Department of Health also reported seven more coronavirus deaths on Thursday. All of them occurred before April 1 and were only recently confirmed to be the result of COVID-19 infections.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 26,895 / 2,124,832.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 924,158.

Cases reported in past day • 463.

Deaths reported in past day • Seven. All of them occurred before April 1 and were only recently confirmed as being caused by COVID-19.

Salt Lake County reported two deaths, a man between the ages of 45 and 64, and a woman 65 to 84.

Five other counties each reported one death — a woman in Cache County, a man in Davis County, a man in Sanpete County and a man in Utah County, all 65 to 84; and a woman 45 to 64 in Weber County.

Tests reported in past day • 6,402 people were tested for the first time. A total of 16,041 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 142. That’s up one from Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 61 are in intensive care units, two more than on Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 7.2%. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 6.5%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Thursday’s rate was 2.9%, lower than the seven-day average of 3.5%.

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

Totals to date • 396,985 cases; 2,197 deaths; 16,158 hospitalizations; 2,551,765 people tested.

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