SALT LAKE CITY — With the report Thursday of 5,866 new coronavirus cases in Utah the last seven days, the state health department acknowledged it was about a thousand fewer than the report of July 21.

It was last week that Utah went past one million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started in March, 2020.

There were 16 new COVID deaths included in this week’s update, leaving the state with 4,900 coronavirus fatalities the last 28 months.

Just over two million Utahns are fully vaccinated — which is 63 percent of the population — and almost 970,000 have also received a booster shot.

Most of the current COVID-19 testing in Utah is done with home tests — which are not reported publicly — and that makes statewide testing figures less accurate.

More than 16,000 vaccine doses were administered the last seven days which brings the total doses administered in Utah to more than 5.3 million. 

There have been 251 COVID deaths within the Bear River Health District, which includes Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties. Since the outbreak almost 55,000 total positive cases have been found in the district, nearly 40,000 of them in Cache County.

There were 272 new cases in the district the last seven days and 68 percent of the northern Utah population (age 5+) has received at least one dose of the vaccine. More than 2,100 patients in northern Utah have been hospitalized with COVID.

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