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729 more COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, 18236 vaccinations reported Wednesday in Utah – KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases increased by 729 on Wednesday, with seven more deaths and 18,236 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Five of the deaths occurred before Feb.10 but were still being investigated by state medical examiner, the health department said. The health department estimates there are now 15,720 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 590, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period reported with the “people over people” method is now 10.2%. The positive test rate per day seven-day average calculated with the “test over test” method is now 4.8%.

There are 212 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 92 in intensive care, state data shows. About 72% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including about 75% of ICU beds in the state’s 16 referral hospitals, according to the health department. About 53% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah.

A total of 759,533 vaccines have been administered in the state, up from 741,297 Tuesday. Of those, 269,368 are second doses of the vaccine, according to state data.

The new numbers indicate a 0.2% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 2,222,755 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 16.8% have tested positive for the disease. The total number of tests conducted increased to 3,849,589 on Wednesday, up 21,267 from Tuesday. Of those, 8,249 were tests of people who had not previously been tested for COVID-19, the health department reported.

The seven deaths reported Wednesday include:

  • A Box Elder County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County woman who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Washington County man who was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was a resident of a long-term care facility

One death of an Iron County man that was reported Monday was retracted from the total COVID-19 deaths count, health officials said. UDOH did not disclose the reason the death reported was retracted from the count.

Wednesday’s totals give Utah 372,708 total confirmed cases, with 14,783 total hospitalizations and 1,955 total deaths from the disease. A total of 355,033 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, the health department reports.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is scheduled to provide his weekly pandemic update at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to his office.

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