Utah COVID-19 cases and deaths see summer spike

More people tested positive in the past day than the Sunday after Memorial Day.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Christopher Whitehead, 13, of West Jordan gets a band-aid after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine by EMT Sean Murphy, as 12-15 year olds get their vaccinations against COVID-19 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is the highest it has been since early March. Yet, of the eight people whom the Utah Department of Health reported Sunday were killed by the disease, none of them were hospitalized at the time of death.

Two of those people were men in the 25-44 age range. Another four were in the 45-64 age group. Seven of the deceased died prior to May 27.

The death tally for the week, according to the UDOH, is 33 people. That includes Friday’s report of 14 deaths. Ten of those died prior to May 25, but the four others were the most reported deaths in over a month.

The 282 cases tallied in the past day surpassed the 223 reported the Sunday following Memorial Day, when numbers were expected to spike as a result of holiday gatherings.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 5,759 / 2,843,946.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,395,195.

Cases reported in past day • 282.

Deaths reported in past day • 8.

Seven of those deaths occurred before May 27 but were only recently confirmed to be caused by COVID-19. Two of the people who died are men age 25-44, one from Salt Lake County and one from Weber County. Four others were in the 45-64 age range. Two of those are a man and a woman who were residents of Salt Lake County, the other two are women who lived in Cache County and Weber County. Also among the deaths were two men age 65-84, one from Summit County and one from Davis County.

None of those who died were hospitalized at the time of their deaths.

Tests reported in past day • 2,574 people were tested for the first time. A total of 3,673 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 215. That’s 14 more than on Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 68 are in intensive care units, six more than on Saturday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 11%. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 9.4%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Sunday’s rate was 7.68%, higher than the seven-day average of 6.2%.

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

Totals to date • 413,950 cases; 2,363 deaths; 17,436 hospitalizations; 2,784,871 people tested.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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