SALT LAKE CITY – On the first day without a statewide mask mandate since November, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state increased by 407, with two more deaths and 32,887 vaccines reported Saturday, according to the Department of Utah Health.
The seven-day average of positive cases per day is now 396, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated using the “people on people” method is now 7%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated using the “test on test” method is now 3.4%.
There are currently 143 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Utah, including 53 in intensive care, state data shows. About 68% of Utah’s intensive care unit beds are occupied as of Saturday, including about 70% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals, according to state data. About 54% of non-ICU hospital beds are occupied in Utah.
A total of 1,683,737 doses of vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 1,650,850 on Friday. A total of 1,089,914 Utahns have now received at least one dose of vaccine, while 668,371 are now fully vaccinated.
The two deaths reported Saturday were:
- A Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 65-84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Utah County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who died in a hospital.
Starting Saturday, masks will no longer be necessary in most settings, per Utah House Bill 294. Masks will still be needed in some places, including K-12 schools, in gatherings of 50 or more people, in private businesses that still require them. and government properties, such as the Utah National Parks. Grand County and Salt Lake City have also chosen to keep the mask mandates in place.
The Utah Jazz will continue to require masks at games. Utah ski resorts also require masks until the end of their respective season.
Health officials urged people to continue wearing masks after the mandate is lifted.
“Until more people have the opportunity to get vaccinated, we urge people to continue wearing masks in public places and around those who have not been vaccinated,” Health Department Executive Director Richard Saunders said Friday in a Press release. “We have come so far and we are so close to getting back to normal. We ask for your patience and cooperation a little more.”