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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 20 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, along with 614 new cases.
School children account for 75 of the new cases. Of those cases, 45 were children between ages 5 and 10, 9 were ages 11-13, and 21 were ages 14-17.
The rolling, seven-day average for new positive tests is now 689 per day. The seven-day average for people testing positive is currently 20%, continuing a decline from the omicron surge when it reached a high of 46.7%.
Currently, 358 people are hospitalized in the state with COVID-19, according to the Utah Department of Health. This is another decline from the 415 reported on Tuesday.
Of those patients, 92 are in intensive care units. All state ICUs are about 72% full, and ICU referral units are 77% full, the health department reported — both percentages are at the utilization warning level.
Still, intensive care units are less full this week than they have been since July 2021. ICUs have been above the utilization threshold, which is set at 85% for both ICUs and ICU referral units, for most of the time between today and last July.
Non-ICU beds are 55.3% occupied, state data show.
The health department has reported a total of 4,392 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic reached Utah in March 2020. Of those deaths, 59.7% occurred in a hospital and 81.1% were considered high-risk patients, meaning they were either over 65 or were otherwise immunocompromised.
The latest deaths include:
- A Utah County man between the ages of 65 and 84, whose hospitalization or in a long-term care facility status is unknown.
- Two Washington County men, 65-84, not hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, unknown.
- A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- Two Salt Lake County women, over 85, unknown.
- Three Salt Lake County men, over 85, unknown.
- Two Davis County men, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Washington County woman, over 85, unknown.
- A Millard County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Sanpete County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Sanpete County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, unknown.
- A Washington County man, over 85, hospitalized.
- A Sevier County man, 65-84, hospitalized.