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Utah reports one more COVID-19 death and 168 new cases

Both testing and vaccinations were slow on Sunday.

(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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After a Sunday that was slow even by Sunday standards, Utah reported just 164 new cases of COVID-19, the fewest in almost two months. But only 2,423 Utahns were tested for the first time, and just 4,564 people were tested overall.

The number of Utahns fully vaccinated against the coronavirus rose to 1.117 million, and the Utah Department of Health also reported one more death caused by COVID-19.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 3,492 / 2,411,343.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,117,405.

Cases reported in past day • 164.

Deaths reported in past day • One — a man 85-plus in Utah County.

Tests reported in past day • 2,423 people were tested for the first time. A total of 4,565 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 148. That’s five fewer than on Sunday. Of those currently hospitalized, 51 are in intensive care, one more than on Sunday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 6.8%. That’s slightly higher than the seven-day average of 6.6%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Monday’s rate was 3.6%, the same as the seven-day average.

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

Totals to date • 402,731 cases; 2,259 deaths; 16,532 hospitalizations; 2,640,203 people tested.

This story is developing and will be updated.



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