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699 more COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, 27K vaccinations reported Wednesday in Utah – KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases increased by 699 on Wednesday, with five more deaths and 27,654 more vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Four of the deaths occurred before Feb. 17 but were still being investigated by the state medical examiner’s office, the health department said.

The health department now estimates there are 11,550 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 499, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period reported with the “people over people” method is now 8.3%. The positive test rate per day seven-day average calculated with the “test over test” method is now 4.1%.

There are 180 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 63 in intensive care, state data shows. About 73% of intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including about 75% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals. About 52% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah, state data shows.

A total of 1,054,727 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,027,073 Tuesday. A total of 696,178 Utahns have received at least one vaccine dose, and 384,054 have been fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, 1,250,160 total vaccine doses had been shipped to Utah.

The new numbers indicate a 0.2% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 2,307,238 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.5% have tested positive for the disease. The number of total tests conducted since the pandemic began is now 4,049,577, up 19,892 since Tuesday. Of those, 8,666 were tests of people who hadn’t previously been tested for COVID-19, according to the health department.

The five deaths reported Wednesday were:

  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A San Juan County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Utah County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Weber County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility

Wednesday’s totals give Utah 379,780 total confirmed cases, with 15,198 total hospitalizations and 2,037 total deaths from the disease. A total of 366,193 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, according to the health department.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is scheduled to provide a pandemic update at 10 a.m. Thursday during his monthly news conference with PBS Utah.

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