Salt Lake City – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday that eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine will be extended to Utah aged 50 and over, as well as to residents of states with the underlying disease. Starting Monday
In addition to Utah, who is 50 and older, people with type 1 or 2 diabetes, a body mass index higher than 30, or chronic kidney disease are also eligible for the vaccine.
“This is a huge feature boost,” said Cox.
After spending months in Utah County’s highest levels of COVID-19 controls, Salt Lake and Davis will move to moderate levels of transmission on Thursday, the governor announced, for example. together That means restrictions are eased in both counties as infection rates have been steadily declining over the past month.
For counties with moderate transmission levels, social gatherings are recommended to be restricted to 25 or less. Masks are still required for indoor, public and outdoor settings when social spacing is not possible.
For a county restaurant with a medium power transmission, there must be a distance of 6 feet between the parties in the waiting area. Masks are needed in restaurants for customers unless they are eating or drinking. In bars, customers are required to wear a mask if they are within 6 feet of another party and must wear a mask unless they eat or drink.
Utah̵7;s number of COVID-19 cases rose 611 on Thursday, with 12 more deaths and nearly 26,000 more vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health. It happened before Feb. 11, but is still being investigated by the state’s office of the medical examiner, according to the Department of Health.
The average seven-day number of positive patients per day was 558, according to the health department. The rate of positive testing per day for that period reported with the “More people” is 10%. The average 7-day average positive test rate calculated using the “test over test” method is now 4.8%.
There are now 203 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Utah, state data show. There were 785,523 vaccinations in the state, up from Wednesday’s 741,297.
Thursday’s total put 373,319 confirmed patients in Utah, with a total of 14,816 hospitalizations and 1,965 deaths from the disease.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox’s COVID-19 outbreak update kicks off at 11 a.m. and is streaming live here.
Lt. Col. Deidre Henderson and Utah Department of Health, State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn is also scheduled to speak at the event.
This story will be updated.