Utah reports 242 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths

Eight more people have been hospitalized with the disease since Saturday.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Signs notifying customers that masks are required can be found on the doors of most restaurants and many gift shops on Main Street in Moab, photographed May 14, 2021.

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Utah health officials didn’t report any additional deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday, but eight more people were hospitalized compared to the day before.

The Utah Department of Health also reported 242 new cases of the coronavirus. More than 13,000 vaccinations were administered in the past day, and nearly 1.4 million Utahns have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Nearly 3 million vaccine doses have been delivered to the state.

The past week has seen Utah drop various coronavirus restrictions. Gov. Spencer Cox announced that children in K-12 schools can shed their masks for the final week of school. He also said schools won’t have a mask mandate this fall.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 13,617 / 2,407,851.

Nearly 35% of all Utahns are now fully inoculated against the coronavirus. As shots continue to go into more arms every day, younger residents have been adding to that number recently.

This past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 12 and up. With the age group of eligible people widening, nearly 54% of Utahns ages 12 and up have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 43% are fully vaccinated.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,108,448.

Cases reported in past day • 242.

Deaths reported in past day • Zero.

Tests reported in past day • 3,614 people were tested for the first time. A total of 6,601 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 153. That’s eight higher than on Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 50 are in intensive care units, one fewer than on Saturday.

Hospitalizations have risen in the past seven days. Last Sunday, the health department reported that 139 people were in the hospital with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Additionally, eight people are currently in the hospital with a suspected case of the coronavirus, meaning that 153 number could be higher.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 6.7%. That’s slightly 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. Sunday’s rate was 3.7%, slightly higher 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 • 402,567 cases; 2,258 deaths; 16,519 hospitalizations; 2,637,780 people tested.

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