Saturday tally: More than 2 million vaccine doses have been administered in Utah

Abby Laver, bottom right, goes through a vaccination checklist while public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth, top left, and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, top right, open Band-Aids at COVID-19 vaccination site at Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Abby Laver, bottom right, goes through a vaccination checklist while public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth, top left, and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, top right, open Band-Aids at COVID-19 vaccination site at Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Monday, April 26, 2021. | Annie Barker, Deseret News

The Utah Department of Health reported another 410 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as one new death resulting from the virus.

The latest death reported by the health department is a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of her death. Since the pandemic began, 2,203 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state, with more than 572,000 deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The number of infections in Utah is 397,733, with the national number of infections at more than 32 million.

The better news is the pace of vaccinations in Utah. Health departments and other partners administered 19,064 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since Friday. More than 2 million vaccine doses have been administered throughout Utah since December, including 1,305,568 people who have received at least one dose, and 948,639 who are fully vaccinated — about 30% of the total population.

In addition to vaccine administration, the health department has tested nearly 2.6 million people for the novel coronavirus, including 6,281 since yesterday.

There are 138 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout Utah, a number that has remained fairly steady for several weeks.

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It has been three weeks since Utah law removed the statewide mask mandate, which had previously required masks in all settings where social distancing was not possible. Masks are still required at all public schools and in gatherings of 50 or more people.

Meanwhile, the Deseret News spoke with doctors and nurses who traveled to New York a year ago to help save those suffering from COVID-19:

“I think we were all looking for a miracle. We were all hoping for something to come save us from this pandemic. That is certainly how I felt when I was in New York,” Whitney Hilton, an Intermountain Healthcare intensive care unit nurse, said during a virtual reunion Friday. “The vaccine, to me, is that miracle.”

You can read the account by Deseret News Reporter Lisa Riley Roche here.

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