Utah reached a milestone with COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, but the state also saw a significant increase in cases week over week.
More than 1 million Utahns have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine - amounting to about 44% of all of the eligible population. This milestone was driven by the 34,814 people vaccinated for COVID-19 since Tuesday.
Summit County has administered 32,742 total vaccines and Wasatch has given out 16,801 doses. Both counties are registering to vaccinate residents 16 years or older.
While Utah continues with its vaccine rollout cases were considerably higher week over week Wednesday. The Utah Department of Health announced new 612 COVID-19 cases, which is about 100 more cases than the state saw at the same time last week.
In the Wasatch Back, Summit saw a slight decrease in cases. The county reported ten new cases. In comparison last Wednesday the county saw 14.
Wasatch County reported 14 new cases - which is significantly up from last Wednesday when the county saw four cases. The last time Wasatch County saw a day this high was in mid-February.
There were 7,246 people tested for the first time statewide, with 18,522 total tests administered. On average 3.5% of “tests over tests” are coming back positive, while the average percent positivity for “people over people” is just over 7%.
Utah’s Department of Health reported two new deaths. To date, 2,139 Utahns have died due to COVID-19, including 11 from Summit County and 21 from Wasatch County.
The department also reported 19 new hospitalizations. There are 140 people in the hospital for COVID-19, in the state. Just over 72% of all referral center ICU beds are in use. ICU usage has been rising over the last week.