State reports 472 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death, nearly 17K vaccinations Saturday –

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases increased by 472 on Saturday, with one new death and 16,965 more vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 378, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the “people over people” method is now 5.9%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the “test over test” method is now 2.9%.

There are 152 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, state data shows.

Saturday’s totals give Utah 395,150 total confirmed cases, with 16,046 total hospitalizations and 2,180 total deaths from the disease.

The single death reported Saturday was a man from Salt Lake County who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when he died.

A total of 2,031,780 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 16,965 Friday.

The CDC’s advisory council on Friday afternoon voted in favor to recommend resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. The CDC and FDA approved the recommendation Friday evening and said the label will be updated to warn of blood clots risks. The pause, which was implemented by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration over a very rare blood clotting issue, had been in place since April 13.

The Utah Department of Health will be following the FDA and CDC’s direction to move forward with lifting the pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox provided a COVID-19 pandemic update at a news conference Thursday with health department state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn, who made her first public appearance since announcing she will leave the state’s health department this summer. Dunn’s new role will be as the executive director of the Salt Lake County Health Department.

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