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Three more Utahns have died from COVID-19, and 272 new cases have been reported

This week’s rolling seven-day averages for case counts are the lowest in nearly a year.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Retired oncology nurse Wendy Dewey lines up stickers and action-hero bandages as 12-15 year olds get their vaccinations against COVID-19 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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The state of Utah is heading into the three-day Memorial Day weekend with 272 new cases of COVID-19, the state health department reported.

The rolling seven-day average of cases stood at 241 on Friday — a bit higher than Wednesday’s mark of 239, which was the lowest that tally has been in nearly a year.

Three more Utahns were listed as dying from the virus, the Utah Department of Health reported Friday.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 13,478 / 2,569,456.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,196,015.

Cases reported in past day • 272.

Deaths reported in past day • Three — two Salt Lake County residents, a man and a woman, both between the ages of 45 and 64; and a Box Elder County man who was older than 85.

Tests reported in past day • 3,944 people were tested for the first time. A total of 8,267 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 147. Of those currently hospitalized, 53 are in intensive care. Both figures are the same as on Thursday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 6.9%. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 6.7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Friday’s rate was 3.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 3.9%.

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

Totals to date • 405,659 cases; 2,297 deaths; 16,772 hospitalizations; 2,683,399 people tested.

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