Utah COVID-19 cases and deaths see summer spike

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

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Christopher Whitehead, 13, of West Jordan, is given a patch after receiving his first dose of Pfizer vaccine from EMT Sean Murphy as 12-15 year olds get their vaccinations for COVID-19 receive 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 since early March. However, of the eight people reported by the Utah Department of Health on Sunday were killed by the disease, none of them were hospitalized at the time of death.

Two of these people were men aged 25 to 44 years. Another four were in the 45-64 age group. Seven of the deceased died before Jan.

The death toll for the week is 33 people, according to UDOH. This includes Friday’s report of 14 deaths. Ten of them died before May 25th, but the four more were the most frequently reported deaths in over a month.

The 282 cases counted on the last day surpassed the 223 reported the Sunday after Memorial Daywhen the numbers were expected to rise due to holiday gatherings.

Vaccine doses given / total doses given on the previous day • 5,759 / 2,843,946.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,395,195.

Cases reported on the previous day • 282.

Deaths reported on the last day • 8th.

Seven of these deaths occurred before May 27, but it was only recently confirmed that they were caused by COVID-19. Two of the deceased are men aged 25 to 44, one from Salt Lake County and one from Weber County. Four others were between 45 and 64 years old. Two of them are a man and a woman from Salt Lake Counties and the other two women are from Cache County and Weber Counties. The dead also included two men ages 65 to 84, one from Summit County and one from Davis County.

None of the deceased were hospitalized at the time of their death.

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

Hospital stays reported on the last day • 215. That’s 14 more than on Saturday. Of the current hospital patients, 68 are in intensive care units, six more than on Saturday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the state’s original method, the rate is 11%. That’s more than the 7-day average of 9.4%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same person. The rate on Sunday was 7.68%, above 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.]

Previous sums • 413,950 cases; 2,363 deaths; 17,436 hospital stays; 2,784,871 people tested.

This story evolves and is updated.

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