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14 new Utah COVID-19 deaths reported, but most from weeks ago

Health care worker Qing Chong prepares COVID-19 vaccines for a pop-up vaccination event at Reams in Magna on Monday, May 3, 2021. Health officials reported 14 new coronavirus deaths Friday, but most of those occurred weeks ago.

Health care worker Qing Chong prepares COVID-19 vaccines for a pop-up vaccination event at Reams in Magna on Monday, May 3, 2021. Health officials reported 14 new coronavirus deaths Friday, but most of those occurred weeks ago. (Annie Barker, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 309 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 14 new COVID-19 deaths, but 10 of those 14 were added to the state's official COVID-19 death toll died over a month ago.

Health department officials did not specify what caused the delay in 10 reported deaths prior to May 25, but they were included in the department's Friday report along with four new deaths. It wasn't specified which individuals were among the 10 backdated deaths.

The 14 people included in the report were:

  • A Davis County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized at the time of his death
  • A Davis County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
  • Two Salt Lake County women, both older than age 85, neither hospitalized at the time of her death
  • A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized at the time of his death
  • A Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized at the time of her death
  • Two Salt Lake County men between the ages of 45 and 64 who were both hospitalized at the time of their deaths
  • A Salt Lake County woman older than age 85 who was a long-term care facility patient at the time of her death
  • A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 25 and 44 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
  • A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was a long-term care facility patient at the time of his death
  • A Utah County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized at the time of his death
  • A Utah County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of his death
  • A Weber County woman older than age 85 who was not hospitalized at the time of her death

A total of 2,351 Utahns have now died as a result of COVID-19 since March 2020.

Meanwhile, Utah's rolling seven-day average for positive cases in the state is now at 322 per day with Friday's update. The health department also reports that Utah's seven-day average for percent positivity for "people over people" tests is now 9% while its seven-day average for percent positivity for "tests over tests" is now 6%.

There was also a spike in new hospitalizations in Friday's report. The state reports 203 Utahns are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, which is a jump from the 158 hospitalizations the department reported Thursday. Hospitalization data is often backlogged by a couple of days as hospitals report data to the state. Updated health department data show there were 194 hospitalizations on Wednesday and 167 on Tuesday after it had dropped to 150 on Sunday.

Sixty-three of the 203 people are listed as being in intensive care unit beds. The state reports ICU bed space is 78% full statewide while referral center ICU beds are 80% full, according to health department data. Both percentages are above the state's utilization warning rate but below utilization threshold that triggers most concern.

At the same time, the number of people getting vaccinated for COVID-19 continues to rise. The state health department reported 8,312 more vaccinations Friday. With that increase, 1,561,973 Utahns have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with 1,376,548 Utahns now fully vaccinated.

About 60.3% of Utahns 12 or older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while nearly 53.1% are fully vaccinated. It's now estimated that 48.7% of Utah's entire population has received at least one vaccine and 42.9% is considered fully vaccinated.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.

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