SALT LAKE CITY – The number of COVID-19 cases in Utah 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 coroners, the health department said. The health department estimates that there are now 15,720 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah.
The seven-day average of positive cases per day is now 590, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that period of time reported with the “people on people” method is now 10.2%. The seven-day average daily test positive rate calculated using the “test-on-test” method is now 4.8%.
There are currently 212 COVID-19 patients 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. Approximately 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 on Tuesday. Of those, 269,368 are second doses of the vaccine, according to state data.
The new figures 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 COVID-19. The total number of tests performed increased to 3,849,589 on Wednesday, 21,267 more than on Tuesday. Of those, 8,249 were tests from people who had not previously been screened for COVID-19, the health department reported.
The seven deaths reported Wednesday were:
- 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 between the ages of 45 and 64 who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Salt Lake County woman who was over the age of 85 and a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between 45 and 64 years old and was hospitalized when she died
- A Salt Lake County woman who was between 65 and 84 years old and was not hospitalized when she died
- A Salt Lake County man who was between 65 and 84 years old and was not hospitalized when he died
- A Washington County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
An Iron County man death reported Monday was removed from the total COVID-19 death tally, health officials said. UDOH did not disclose the reason the reported death was removed from the count.
Wednesday’s totals give Utah a total of 372,708 confirmed cases, with 14,783 total hospitalizations and 1,955 total deaths from the disease. A total of 355,033 COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered in Utah, the health department reports.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox is scheduled to provide his weekly update on the pandemic at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to his office.