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Utah has administered nearly 1.5 million total vaccines so far; no deaths reported Sunday

Smith’s pharmacists Nate Christensen and Mark Welch prepare doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination event at a church in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition, Smith’s Pharmacy and Salt Lake County teamed up to host the event, with the plan of administering up to 1,170 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to people of Pacific Islander descent.
Smith’s pharmacists Nate Christensen and Mark Welch prepare doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination event at a church in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Utah has now administered nearly 1.5 million total vaccines.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The Utah Department of Health reported an increase of 344 new COVID-19 cases Sunday but no new deaths.

Utah administered 14,350 more vaccines since Saturday’s numbers were reported. That brings the overall total for the state at 1,495,713 vaccines. That means Utah will likely hit the 1.5 million mark for total vaccines sometime Sunday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 4 million coronavirus vaccine doses were administered on Saturday, setting a single-day record for the nation.

It has been 109 days since the first COVID-19 vaccine shot was administered in the U.S., and 104 million people have since received at least one dose, the agency said. More than 59 million are fully vaccinated.

More than 161 million doses have been administered so far in the United States, according to agency data published Saturday.

Utah has now recorded 387,341 positive coronavirus cases during the pandemic. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 400 per day, the health department reported, The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity is 3.4% when all results are included, the method used by the state to help calculate transmission levels, and 7.0% when multiple test results from an individual in the past 90 days are excluded.

The number of people tested increased 5,216 from the day before, brining the state’s total to more than 2.4 million tested.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Utah remained unchanged Sunday, staying at 2,132.

There are 129 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state. A total of 15,608 have been hospitalized in Utah since the pandemic began.