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The state of Utah recorded another 268 people testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday — but no new deaths.
Wednesday’s daily case count from the Utah Department of Health was a bit above the rolling seven-day average, of 239 cases per day. That’s the lowest the average has been since June 2.
That average reflected tallies below 200 on Sunday and Monday — the first time in exactly a year that the state recorded consecutive days with counts that low.
As of Wednesday, 37% of the Utah’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — and an additional 8.7% have received one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna two-shot vaccines.
Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 12,807 / 2,542,470
Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,187,785
Cases reported in past day • 268.
Deaths reported in past day • None.
Tests reported in past day • 4,525 people were tested for the first time. A total of 8,916 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 145. That’s eight more than on Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 57 are in intensive care, five more than on Tuesday.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 5.9%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 6.6%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 3.0%, lower than the seven-day average of 3.8%.
Totals to date • 405,078 cases; 2,292 deaths; 16,729 hospitalizations; 2,674,942 people tested.
This story is developing and will be updated.