First, the state needs more than 1 million additional first doses of vaccine. Then the mandates will begin to increase in counties with low virus transmission rates.
For the 10th time in 11 days, Utah reported fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, a total of 716.
First, 1,633,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines must have been assigned to the state. So far, the federal government has assigned 444,905 to Utah.
Eight weeks after that time, masks will not be required in counties designated with a “low” transmission level of the virus.
As of this week, only five rural Utah counties (Daggett, Garfield, Piute, Rich and Wayne) are in the low transmission category.
Health officials also reported a dozen new deaths, although seven of them occurred before February 1 and were only recently confirmed as related to the coronavirus.
Immunizations reported in the previous day / total vaccinations • 11,966 / 623,876.
Number of Utahns who have received two doses • 213,278.
Cases reported the day before • 716.
Deaths reported the day before • 12.
Salt Lake County reported four deaths: two men and a woman between the ages of 65 and 84 and a woman over the age of 85.
There were two deaths in Davis County: a man aged 45 to 64 and a woman aged 65 to 84.
And two deaths in Sevier County, both women over the age of 85.
Four counties each reported a single death: a woman aged 65 to 84 in Cache County, a man aged 65 to 84 in Utah County, a man aged 65 to 84 in Washington County, and a man aged 65 to 84 in Weber County.
Hospitalizations reported the day before • 239. That’s two more than Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 95 are in intensive care units, four fewer than on Monday.
Tests reported the day before • 6,458 people were tested for the first time. A total of 18,480 people were evaluated.
Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate is 11.1%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 13.3%.
His new method counts all test results, including repeated tests on the same individual. Tuesday’s rate is now 3.9%, lower than the seven-day average of 6.2%.
Totals to date • 367,789 cases; 1,865 deaths; 14,520 hospitalizations; 2,172,963 people tested.
The state’s updated public health order also specifies how students can get tested for coronavirus to stay in school or participate in high school extracurricular activities.
The renewed order provides guidelines for school districts to implement “proof to stay” protocols when a school has an outbreak; Students can choose to switch to remote learning or continue with face-to-face classes if they get a negative COVID-19 test. The order also includes “try-to-play” rules, through which high school students can participate in one-time extracurricular events, such as prom, if evaluated two weeks in advance.
In addition, the rules for bars and public gatherings are being relaxed in counties with moderate transmission levels. Bars in those counties are no longer required to limit occupancy to 75%, but they must make sure patrons wear masks when they are within 6 feet of a separate party.
People at public gatherings, including movie theaters, sporting events, weddings, and recreational and entertainment activities, in moderately broadcast counties can sit next to each other if they all wear masks, have no COVID symptoms, and are not subject to quarantine or isolation . If someone at the event tests positive, the event hosts should be able to communicate with those who were in close contact with that person.
As of Tuesday, only eight Utah counties – Box Elder, Carbon, Duchesne, Millard, Morgan, San Juan, Uintah and Weber – are in the moderate zone.
Sixteen Utah counties remain in the high transmission category; They include most of the state’s major population centers in Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Washington, and Cache counties.
Rich Saunders, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, signed the renewed order Monday night. It is effective until March 25.