Utah reports the fewest new coronavirus cases in 6 months

The health department also reports five more COVID-19 deaths.

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Karen Johnson, a grief counselor with the Jordan Family Education Center, receives her second COVID-19 vaccination on Friday. Employees of the Jordan School District were invited to West Hills Middle School to receive their coronavirus vaccination, Feb. 12, 2021.

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The Utah Department of Health reported just 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the lowest number the state has seen since it reported 256 on Aug. 30.

The total number of deaths continued to rise, however. There were five more fatalities reported on Monday, bringing the total to 1,950.

Vaccinations administered in past day/total vaccine doses administered • 4,493 / 721,029.

Number of Utahns who have received two doses • 256,554.

Cases reported in past day • 257.

Deaths reported in past day • Five.

Salt Lake County reported three deaths — one man between the ages of 45 and 64, and two men 65 to 84.

Two counties each reported one death — a man 65 to 84 in Iron County, and man in the same age range in Kane County.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 214. That’s up 11 from Sunday. Of those currently hospitalized, 89 are in intensive care units — five fewer than on Sunday.

Tests reported in past day • 3,133 people were tested for the first time. A total of 6,517 people were tested.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 8.2%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 11.0%.

Its new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Monday’s rate is now at 3.9%, lower than the seven-day average of 5.1%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Totals to date • 371,492 cases; 1,940 deaths; 14,724 hospitalizations; 2,208,924 people tested.

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