Utah reports 2,408 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths on Saturday

Medical assistants Gema Ortega and Jamie Jensen prepare saliva tests as the staff with the University of Utah Health Wellness Bus test for COVID-19 at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
Medical assistants Gema Ortega and Jamie Jensen prepare saliva tests as the staff with the University of Utah Health Wellness Bus test for COVID-19 at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported another 2,408 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths on Saturday.

The new cases were confirmed out of 10,101 people tested, with a 24% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 2,454 per day, and the average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 22.1%.

On Saturday, 559 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, which is 20 more than were hospitalized the previous day.

A total of 23,400 vaccines have been shipped to Utah as of Saturday, health officials said. State data shows at least 3,648 vaccines have been administered — but more health care workers have actually been vaccinated as that data is lagging, health officials said.

Hospital leaders at Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health on Friday reported they have given the first vaccine doses to about 5,000 workers collectively.

The deaths reported Saturday bring the state’s toll to 1,148. They included five Salt Lake County residents — one man and two women between 65 and 84, and one man and one woman between 45 and 64. All five were hospitalized when they died.

A Davis County woman between 45 and 64 died while hospitalized; and a Utah County man older than 85 and a Box Elder man between 65 and 85 both died without hospitalization.

To date, 248,970 cases have been confirmed in Utah out of 1,633,896 people tested. Hospitalizations since the outbreak began now total 9,968.

This story will be updated.

Ashley Imlay

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