SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's average number of new COVID-19 cases per day is now reported at 516, the first time it's been above 500 since March, according to health officials.
The state's number of new cases increased by 572 Wednesday, with four more deaths and 5,823 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 516, according to the health department. It's the highest rolling average reported since March 15, when it was reported at 503 cases per day, according to the health department.
The positive test rate per day for the last week calculated with the "people over people" method is now 13.1%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 8.8%.
There are now 241 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 101 in intensive care, state data shows. That's only the second day since February that 100 or more COVID-19 patients have been in intensive care, state data shows. There were 100 COVID-19 patients in Utah intensive care units on July 8, but before that, there had not been 100 or more patients in ICUs since there were 100 on February 20.
About 77% of all ICU beds are now occupied in Utah, including about 79% in the state's 16 referral hospitals. About 59% of the state's non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied, according to the health department.
A total of 2,926,472 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,920,649 Tuesday. A total of 1,613,517 Utahns, or about 50.3% of the state's total population, have now received at least a first vaccine dose, and 1,438,874, about 44.9% of the population, are fully vaccinated. About 62.2% of Utahns age 12 and older have now received at least a first dose, while 55.5% are fully vaccinated.
Of the 2,842,637 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 14.8% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since the pandemic began in Utah is now 5,185,672, up 7,954 since Tuesday, according to the health department. Of those, 4,523 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19.
The four deaths reported Wednesday were:
- A Carbon County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized when he died.
- A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A Sanpete County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized when she died.
- A Weber County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was not hospitalized when he died.
Wednesday's totals give Utah 421,257 total confirmed cases, with 17,904 total hospitalizations and 2,406 total deaths resulting from the disease.
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.