Another 472 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday in Utah, after officials said the numbers of new cases has again plateaued after previously declining since mid-January.
In all, there have been 395,150 known infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus since cases were first detected in Utah in March 2020. The state has tested more than 2.5 million people, including 6,260 since Friday, according to a daily COVID-19 report from the Utah Department of Health.
The state reports 2,031,780 vaccines have been administered, including 1,251,115 people, or 39% of Utahns who have received one dose and 866,873 — 27% of the population — who have been fully vaccinated.
The number of vaccines administered daily in Utah has been decreasing slightly since the beginning of April, but is still increasing at a much faster pace than infections are being detected, according to the health department. Health and medical officials across the state have discussed ways to get more people to participate in mass vaccination to achieve herd immunity and prevent further spread of more deadly variants of the virus.
While every case of COVID-19 isn’t scanned for its presence of a variant virus, the Utah health department has identified 516 cases of B.1.1.7, the variant of COVID-19 first identified in the United Kingdom; about a dozen cases of the Brazil variant; and just one of the variant identified in South Africa.
The rolling seven-day average for positive COVID-19 tests is now 378 per day, which is higher than Friday’s report of 369 but less than the 394 average reported a week ago.
The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of COVID-19 tests in Utah is 2.9% when all results are included, the method used by the state to help determine county transmission levels, and 5.9% when multiple tests by individuals are excluded, which is also fewer than last week’s reports of 3.8% and 7.6%, respectively.
There are 152 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, up 12 people from last Saturday’s report. Of those hospitalized, there are 63 people being treated in intensive care units across the state.
The health department also reported one new death resulting from COVID-19 in the state, bringing the disease death toll to 2,180. The latest death was a Salt Lake County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of his death.