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The number of new cases of COVID-19 jumped back above 400 on Wednesday, and the state reported four more deaths.
Three of those deaths occurred before April 19 and were only recently confirmed to be the result of coronavirus.
Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 15,383 / 2,444,852.
Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,134,843.
Cases reported in past day • 430.
Deaths reported in past day • Four. Two men between the ages of 45-64 — one in Salt Lake County and one in Tooele County; a woman 65-84 in Davis County; and a man 65-84 in Weber County.
Tests reported in past day • 5,550 people were tested for the first time. A total of 13,033 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 136. That’s two more than on Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 56 are in intensive care, three more than on Tuesday.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 7.7%. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 6.4%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 3.4%, about the same as the seven-day average of 3.3%.
Totals to date • 403,418 cases; 2,275 deaths; 16,597 hospitalizations; 2,649,365 people tested.
St. Mark’s Hospital in Millcreek hit a positive landmark Tuesday: For the first time since the pandemic began, the hospital had no COVID-19 patients in the hospital.
”For the first time in 431 days, we currently have zero COVID inpatients,” the hospital announced in a tweet Tuesday afternoon. “While this isn’t the end of our fight against COVID, and it’s likely our teams will treat more COVID positive patients in the future, it does feel like a welcomed light.”
Elsewhere, Smith’s Food & Drugs has announced that as of Thursday, it will no longer require fully vaccinated customers and employees to wear face masks in its stores, unless state or local governments require them.
Non-vaccinated employees will continue to wear masks, as will staffers in Smith’s pharmacies. Non-vaccinated customers will be asked to wear masks.