12 Utah counties are rated at ‘excessive’ transmission stage of COVID-19 — probably the most in 4 months

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There are 668 new circumstances of coronavirus and two extra deaths.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dr. Diane Gilles takes a handful of syringes full of the Moderna vaccine to be given to folks on Thursday, March 18, 2021, because the Utah Movie Studios loans its area to the Summit County Well being Division as a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination station.

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A dozen Utah counties are actually within the high level of transmission category — probably the most since early March. The degrees are decided by the seven-day common p.c positivity, the 14-day case price per 100,000 inhabitants, and the utilization of intensive care models.

Field Elder, Carbon, Duchesne, Iron, Juab, Millard, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Uintah and Washington Counties are within the “high level” class. In 11 of the 12 counties — all however San Juan County — fewer than 60% of the grownup inhabitants has obtained a minimum of one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, based on the Utah Division of Well being.

The state was capable of meet the aim of getting 70% of its residents a minimum of one shot by the Fourth of July due to vaccinations in counties with the biggest populations. The mixed inhabitants of the 12 high-transmission counties (based on 2019 U.S. Census Bureau estimates) is about 530,000 — just below 17% of the state’s total inhabitants, or 1 in 6 Utahns. That’s lower than Utah County alone, and fewer than half of Salt Lake County alone.

“This is being driven largely by increasing ICU utilization throughout the state,” UDOH tweeted. “Too many people are ending up in the hospital, not just from COVID, but from injuries and other illnesses. Our hospitals, and our health care workers, need some relief.”

Cache, Davis, Emery, Grand, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, Wasatch and Weber counties are within the “moderate” transmission class. Beaver, Daggett, Garfield, Kane, Piute, Wealthy and Wayne counties are within the “low” transmission class.

The mixed populations of the seven low-transmission counties is simply over 27,000 — lower than 1% of the state’s inhabitants.

On Thursday, UDOH reported two extra COVID-19 deaths and 668 new circumstances — the second day in a row the variety of new circumstances drastically exceeded 600. (There have been 673 on Wednesday.) These are the 2 highest counts in a single day since March 16, when there have been 695.

Cache, Davis, Emery, Grand, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, Wasatch and Weber counties are within the “moderate” transmission class. Beaver, Daggett, Garfield, Kane, Piute, Wealthy and Wayne counties are within the “low” transmission class.

Vaccine doses administered in previous day/complete doses administered • 5,606 / 2,895,700.

Utahns absolutely vaccinated • 1,423,411.

Instances reported in previous day • 668.

Deaths reported in previous day • Two, each in Salt Lake County — a person between the ages of 45 and 64, and a person 85-plus.

Assessments reported in previous day • 4,722 folks had been examined for the primary time. A complete of 8,350 folks had been examined.

Hospitalizations reported previously day • 230. That’s 30 fewer than on Thursday. Of these at the moment hospitalized, 92 are in intensive care models, seven greater than on Thursday.

Share of constructive checks • Underneath the state’s authentic technique, the speed is 14.1%. That’s increased than the seven-day common of 11.9%.

The state’s new technique counts all take a look at outcomes, together with repeated checks of the identical particular person. Thursday’s price was 8%, the identical because the seven-day common.

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

Totals to this point • 418,321 circumstances; 2,389 deaths; 17,727 hospitalizations; 2,821,170 folks examined.




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