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413 more COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, over 10K vaccinations reported Wednesday in Utah

Kelsey Merlo, a pharmacy intern and a University of Utah pharmacy student, prepares a COVID-19 vaccination for Laurence A. Morgan at the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

Kelsey Merlo, a pharmacy intern and a University of Utah pharmacy student, prepares a COVID-19 vaccination for Laurence A. Morgan at the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News, File)



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 413 on Wednesday, with two more deaths and 10,463 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

There are now an estimated 5,620 active COVID-19 cases in Utah, according to the health department.

The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 280, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 7.5%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 4.9%.

There are 159 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 62 in intensive care, state data shows. About 77% of intensive care unit hospital beds in Utah are now occupied, including just under 81% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals, the health department reported. About 55% of all non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah, according to the health department.

ICU usage is considered to be at a "warning" level when occupancy is above 77%. The 81% usage rate for Utah's 16 referral hospitals was the highest occupancy reported in nearly a month, after the state reported an 82% occupancy rate on May 18. Before that, the occupancy rate hadn't been reported at 81% or higher since Feb. 19, at the tail end of Utah's winter surge.

A total of 2,761,471 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,751,008 Tuesday. A total of 1,556,979 Utahns, about 48.6% of the total population, has now received at least a first dose of the vaccine, according to state data. A total of 1,326,540 Utahns, or about 41.4% of the total population, are now considered fully vaccinated.

Among the Utah population age 12 and older, about 60.1% have now received at least a first vaccine dose, and 51.2% are fully vaccinated. A total of 3,194,134 vaccine doses have been shipped to Utah so far.

Wednesday's new numbers indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 2,748,126 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.9% have tested positive for the disease. The number of tests conducted since the pandemic began in Utah is now 5,024,278, an increase of 8,212 since Tuesday. Of those, 4,615 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19, according to the health department.

The two deaths reported Wednesday were:

  • A Beaver County woman who was between the ages of 25 and 44 and was hospitalized when she died
  • A Sevier County woman who was between the ages of 45 and 64 and was hospitalized when she died

The death of a Salt Lake County man that was originally reported as a COVID-19 death on May 22 was removed from the deaths list after further investigation, according to the health department.

Wednesday's totals give Utah 410,377 total confirmed cases, with 17,169 total hospitalizations and 2,324 total deaths from the disease. A total of 402,433 Utah COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be recovered, according to the health department.

Methodology

See more details about KSL.com's COVID-19 data and methodology by clicking this link.

More information about Utah's health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the "Data Notes" section at the bottom of the page.

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