The state health department on Sunday reported 281 new cases and two additional deaths.
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The percentage rate of coronavirus cases continues to see a slight increase statewide, as health officials reported on Sunday.
The state saw an increase in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 590 recorded – the highest number in a single day since April 6, when 611 were reported. A week ago, the seven-day average was 3.6%. For the past week, which ended on Sunday, the seven-day average was 6.1%.
While only 281 new cases were reported on Sunday, the percentage rate is 6.86% – above the seven-day average.
More than a third of the state’s population (1,254,929 people) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made its final appeal on Friday: to encourage, but not require, missionaries around the world to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to “protect themselves and others.” The church had previously sent a similar message to its missionaries in Utah.
âUnder the direction of their mission leaders,â a press release from the Faith Missionary Department said, âMission medical coordinators monitor the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in their mission and notify missionaries when they can. to receive.”
On the education side, over the past week, three school districts – Kane County, San Juan and Iron County – and one Orem charter school have stopped requiring doctor notes for students seeking mask exemption. in their schools.
Instead, parents only need to sign a form stating that their children have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. Supporters in the Davis, Weber and Alpine districts, among others, have called for the same approach, in rallies and in letters and appeals to administrators.
The public health order governing masks in schools – which has had the same language regarding exemptions since March 2020 – states that schools can, but are not required to, require a medical directive to grant an exemption.
Still, Utah Department of Health spokeswoman Charla Haley said, “The ordinance does not allow parents to grant face mask exemptions.”
Last week, epidemiologist Dr Angela Dunn – who has emerged as the voice of scientific strategies to contain the coronavirus pandemic in Utah – announced that she was stepping down from her statewide post to lead at the places the Salt Lake County Department of Health.
His departure from state-level policymaking opens the question of how Utah will approach pandemic control in its final months – even as infections decline but persist, variants complicate matters and vaccines are not yet available or desired by all residents.
Vaccine doses administered during the last day / total doses administered â¢ 7,518 / 2,039,298.
Fully vaccinated utahns â¢ 870 592.
Cases reported in the last day â¢ 281.
Deaths reported in the past day â¢ 2.
Those who died from COVID-19 were a man from Box Elder County and a woman from Salt Lake County, both aged 65 to 84.
Tests reported the day before â¢ 4,096 people were tested for the first time. A total of 6,899 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in the last day â¢ 157. That’s five more than on Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 61 are in intensive care units.
Percentage of positive tests â¢ According to the original state method, the rate is 6.86%. This is higher than the seven-day average of 6.1%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeat testing of the same individual. Sunday’s rate was 4.07%, above the seven-day average of 3%.
[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Hereâs what that means.]
Totals to date â¢ 395,431 cases; 2,182 deaths; 16,061 hospitalizations; 2,530,491 people tested.