Thursday COVID-19 Update: 7-Day Rolling Average Lowest Since June, No New Deaths Statewide

May 6, 2021

Utah saw its lowest 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases since June on Thursday.  

The average is now 346 cases per day, down from last week’s average of 380. The last time the average was this low was June 14.

During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said after the state saw a plateau in cases for weeks, numbers are finally starting to decline. 

"This past week, we have seen numbers start to drop again precipitously," he said. "I haven't run the numbers, but somewhere north of a 10% drop over this this past week, which is just great news." 

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported 11 new cases, which up considerably from last Thursday when the county saw 4. Wasatch County reported six new cases - twice as many as last week.  

The Utah Department of Health announced 395 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is about 70 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

Cox said the reason for the declining numbers is because of the vaccination efforts across the state. 

"We have our updated numbers," he said. "Over 2.2 million doses have been administered. That's a daily increase of about 17,760 doses since [Wednesday]. Around 56% of all eligible people in Utah have gotten at least one dose and we expect that number to continue to rise. [Friday] we expect to reach an incredible milestone that we will have more than one million Utahns fully vaccinated."

Summit County has administered 46,224 total vaccines and Wasatch has given out 23,228 doses. In Summit County 83% of eligible adults have received their first dose, and 54% of adults in Wasatch have received their first shot. 

There were 6,695 people tested for the first time statewide, with roughly 13,562 total tests administered. On average 3.5% of “tests over tests” are coming back positive, while average percent positivity for “people over people” is less than 7%.  

The Utah Department of Health reported no new deaths. To date, more than 2,219 Utahns have died due to COVID-19.

The department also reported 25 new hospitalizations. There are 142 people in the hospital for COVID-19, in the state. Around 77% of all referral center ICU beds are in use.