More doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given out in Utah than people who have tested positive

Nearly 85,000 Utahns are fully vaccinated, having received both doses of vaccine.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Julyn Shepherd fills syringes for Utah County residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations in a former Shopko store in Spanish Fork, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

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Correction: March 1, 2021 • This story has been updated to correct an error by the Utah Department of Health confusing the number of doses administered with the number of people receiving those doses.

Utah has now given out more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine than it has tallied people who have tested positive for the disease.

According to the Utah Department of Health, almost 363,000 doses have been injected into patients. That’s about 11,400 more than the number of coronavirus cases reported in the state.

As of Thursday, 84,154 Utahns were fully vaccinated, having received both doses of the vaccine.

Utah’s coronavirus-related death count exceeded 1,700, with 14 more fatalities reported. (Three of those deaths occurred before Jan. 14 and were only recently confirmed to be as the result of COVID-19.)

Generally, there has been a decline in community spread of the virus “throughout the state,” state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said Thursday. There are hotspots, such as Summit County and southwest Utah, so there’s extra focus there in terms of contact tracing and testing, she said.

“Things are looking really, really good for us in Utah,” she said, as long as people continue to follow coronavirus prevention guidelines, particularly important as COVID-19 variants spread.

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 17,522 / 362,701.

Cases reported in past day • 1,273.

Deaths reported in past day • 14.

Salt Lake County reported six deaths — two men between the ages of 45 and 64, two men and a woman 65 to 84, and a woman over 85.

There were three deaths in Weber County — a woman 45 to 64, a woman 65 to 84, and a woman 85-plus.

Two Box Elder County men died, both 65 to 84.

And three counties each reported a single death — a man 65 to 84 in Davis County; a man 65 to 84 in Utah County; and a man 65 to 84 in Washington County

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 365. That’s up 13 from Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 125 are in intensive care units — six more than on Wednesday.

Tests reported in past day • 9,419.

Percentage of positive tests • 13.5%. This is lower than the seven-day average of 16.5%.

Totals to date • 351,273 cases; 1,711 deaths; 13,697 hospitalizations; 2,054,230 tests.

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