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The variety of new circumstances of COVID-19 in Utah reported on Friday surpassed Thursday’s 5½-month excessive — 1,211 was essentially the most since Feb. 10. Previously two days, the Utah Division of Well being has reported greater than 2,300 new circumstances of the coronavirus.
The rolling seven day common of latest circumstances hit 755, essentially the most since Feb. 23.
Vaccine doses administered in previous day/whole doses administered • 7,389 / 3,016,983.
Utahns totally vaccinated • 1,478,589.
Circumstances reported in previous day • 1,211.
Deaths reported in previous day • One — a Salt Lake County girl between the ages of 65-84.
Checks reported in previous day • 7,589 individuals have been examined for the primary time. A complete of 12,646 individuals have been examined.
Hospitalizations reported prior to now day • 351. That’s two fewer than on Thursday. Of these at present hospitalized, 152 are in intensive care, 4 fewer than on Thursday.
Share of optimistic checks • Below the state’s unique methodology, the speed is 16%. That’s larger than the seven-day common of 14.7%.
The state’s new methodology counts all take a look at outcomes, together with repeated checks of the identical particular person. Friday’s charge was 9.6%, decrease than the seven-day common of 10.4%
[Learn extra: Utah is altering the way it measures the speed of optimistic COVID-19 checks. Right here’s what which means.]
Totals so far • 432,467 circumstances; 2,451 deaths; 18,567 hospitalizations; 2,917,728 individuals examined.
On Friday, three docs from College of Utah Well being spent an hour on Fb Dwell working to debunk misconceptions concerning the COVID-19 vaccines — and explaining how scientific experience adjusts when a virus evolves.
The federal Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s guideline replace this week, which really useful even vaccinated individuals put on face masks when indoors, has prompted criticism that specialists are sending combined messages about COVID-19. A part of that drawback, mentioned Dr. Jeanmarie Mayer, hospital epidemiologist for U. of U. Well being’s hospitals and clinics, “is that the virus is altering.”
Mayer famous that “the delta variant is a way more contagious pressure of the virus” — and the CDC was reacting to new knowledge that reveals even people who find themselves vaccinated can unfold it to others. The CDC, she mentioned, “modified the advice primarily based on that altering science.”
Mayer urged individuals who have already suffered from COVID-19 to get vaccinated. “Vaccination supplies longer safety and broader safety” than pure an infection, she mentioned — and is extra prone to fend off variants of the virus.
The vaccines, mentioned Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of the division of pediatric infectious ailments at College of Utah Well being, have been examined completely — with 344 million doses given out throughout the US since December.
“It’s now not new,” Pavia mentioned. “It’s not one thing we don’t have loads of knowledge on or don’t have loads of expertise on.”
Pavia added that full approval of the vaccines by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration — the vaccines at the moment are accessible on an “emergency use authorization” — will come finally, and is essentially a matter of clearing authorized and bureaucratic hurdles.
“From a security and efficacy standpoint, they may have executed that months in the past,” Pavia mentioned. “We should always actually cease speaking about full licensure as if it’s a magic level at which we all know the vaccine is protected.”
Dr. Torri Metz, vice chair of analysis for obstetrics and gynecology at College of Utah Hospital and a maternal and fetal medication specialist, reassured Fb Dwell viewers that the COVID-19 vaccines are protected for people who find themselves pregnant, nursing or involved about their fertility.
“What we’re seeing is vaccination actually is protected in being pregnant, and is as efficient in being pregnant as it’s in non-pregnant people,” Metz mentioned. “When [women are] pregnant and get infections, they have a tendency to get sicker than people who find themselves not pregnant. That occurs with flu, and we’re undoubtedly additionally seeing that occur with COVID. … We actually need pregnant girls to get vaccinated.”
Pregnant individuals who get the vaccine produce antibodies to battle off COVID-19, and “these antibodies additionally cross the placenta and go to learn the newborn, in order that when the newborn’s born — earlier than the newborn would have the ability to get any form of vaccinations — the mother’s antibodies can defend that child in that actually susceptible neonatal interval.”