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A week full of mostly good news in terms of the spread and repercussions of COVID-19 culminated Sunday, with the Utah Department of Health reporting fewer than 200 cases and no deaths.
Earlier this week, Utah saw its first back-to-back days of fewer than 200 new cases since almost exactly a year ago (May 25-26, 2020). It repeated that feat Saturday and Sunday, when cases were down to 192 and 176, respectively.
Until Thursday, new cases had dropped from the corresponding day the previous week for a period of 10 straight days. And after Thursday’s blip, in which 309 new cases were detected, the downward trend continued.
In addition, after seeing 32 deaths reported last week, the toll this week was nine. The number of people hospitalized in intensive care units with COVID-19 did increase slightly, however, from 45 on May 23 to 46 on Sunday.
Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 8,315 / 2,590,715.
Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,218,072.
Cases reported in past day • 176.
Deaths reported in past day • Zero.
Tests reported in past day • 2,672 people were tested for the first time. A total of 4,086 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 129. That’s 14 fewer than on Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 46 are in ICUs, three fewer than on Saturday.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 6.6%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 6.7%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Sunday’s rate was 4.3%, higher than the seven-day average of 3.9%.
Totals to date • 406,027 cases; 2,301 deaths; 16,805 hospitalizations; 2,689,687 people tested.
This story is developing and will be updated.