Thursday COVID-19 Update: Summit County Reports First COVID-19 Death Since Beginning of March
Summit County reported another COVID-19 death Thursday. The Summit County woman who died of COVID-19 was between 45-64 years-old and was hospitalized at the time of her death. This is the first reported death in the county in nearly two months. The county has now seen 12 total COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The Summit County woman the only death reported by the Utah Department of Health Thursday. To date, 2,178 Utahns have died due to COVID-19.
This death comes as cases have started to plateau throughout the state. The department announced new 472 COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is about 15 more cases than the state saw at the same time last week.
The state’s 7-day rolling average has slightly declined since last week. The average is now 386 cases per day, down from last Thursday's average of 390.
In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported four new cases, which is half as much as last Thursday. Wasatch County reported four new cases - up compared to last Thursday when the county saw two.
There were 34,402 people vaccinated for COVID-19 since Wednesday. During his monthly press conference, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Utah will be reaching another milestone in vaccinations Thursday.
"We also expect today that somewhere in the state of Utah some lucky person will receive the 2 millionth dose - that's combined first and second doses," Cox said. "And I hope that again, what we're conveying here is that so many of you are getting vaccinated, and that the vaccines are safe and that the vaccines are effective."
Summit County has administered 41,314 total vaccines and Wasatch has given out 20,915 doses. Both counties are registering to vaccinate residents 16 years or older.
There were 6,650 people tested for the first time, with 16,394 total tests administered. On average fewer than 3% of “tests over tests” are coming back positive, while average percent positivity for “people over people” is 6%.
The department also reported 23 new hospitalizations. There are 137 people in the hospital for COVID-19, in the state. Around 73% of all referral center ICU beds are in use.
Both Summit and Wasatch Counties are in the moderate level of Utah’s COVID-19 transmission index.