Utah’s COVID-19 case rate fell last week

Mike Stucka
 |  USA TODAY NETWORK

Utah reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 6,006 new cases during the holiday week. The number of reported cases was down 14.4% from the previous week’s tally of 7,016 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The number of people tested was about the same, with about 60,000 tests reported for both weeks.

Utah ranked 38th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 47% from the week before, with 1,388,833 cases reported. With 0.96% of the country’s population, Utah had 0.43% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 26 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Christmas significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Some cases and deaths that would have been reported last week might be reported in the coming week, which itself will have testing and reporting disrupted by New Year’s. Consequently week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they’re accurate to what states reported.

Across Utah, cases fell in five counties, with the best declines in Utah County, with 1,196 cases from 1,502 a week earlier; in Salt Lake County, with 2,313 cases from 2,555; and in Davis County, with 691 cases from 878.

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Utah ranked 27th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 66.9% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 72.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Thursday, Utah reported administering another 82,651 vaccine doses, including 16,401 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 119,250 vaccine doses, including 24,498 first doses. In all, Utah reported it has administered 4,444,635 total doses.

Within Utah, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Summit County with 384 cases per 100,000 per week; Salt Lake County with 199; and Davis County with 194. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Salt Lake County, with 2,313 cases; Utah County, with 1,196 cases; and Davis County, with 691.

In Utah, 50 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 64 people were reported dead.

A total of 623,703 people in Utah have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 3,754 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 52,280,854 people have tested positive and 816,609 people have died.

Note: For Utah, Johns Hopkins University reports data mostly by health department, such as the combined Weber-Morgan agency. Weber and Morgan counties may be marked as having no cases. The county-level data for Utah is considerably worse than it is for any other state, and county comparisons may be wildly misleading.

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Utah’s COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Dec. 26.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 482
  • The week before that: 470
  • Four weeks ago: 505

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 99,084
  • The week before that: 90,677
  • Four weeks ago: 76,315

Hospitals in 18 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 28 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 29 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected]

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