Number of new COVID-19 cases surges back above 1,100

The coronavirus claims the lives of seven more Utahns.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Stickers in English and Spanish are available for people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at the former Provo High School at 1125 N. University Ave. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

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The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Utah shot back up to 1,114 on Wednesday, nearly 500 more than were reported on Tuesday.

The Utah Department of Health reported seven more deaths caused by COVID-19. That brings the total to 2,518, and there have been 39 deaths in the past week.

The case count is slightly above what it was one week ago (1,096 on Aug. 4), and more than four times what it was a month ago (262 on July 11, a Sunday). Three months ago, it was 463 (May 11); six months ago it was 1,041 (Feb. 11); and a year ago it was 321 (Aug. 11, 2020).

The rolling seven-day average of new cases stands at 812.

According to UDOH, Utah has seen 6,253 “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 — people who contracted the virus two weeks or more after being fully vaccinated. That’s about one in every 241 people who are fully vaccinated.

Of that number, 386 have been hospitalized — one in about every 3,910 fully vaccinated people.

And there have been 22 deaths — one in about every 68,597 fully vaccinated people.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 6,823 / 3,097,316 total.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,509,140.

Cases reported in past day • 1,114.

Deaths reported in past day • Seven.

Three Salt Lake County residents died: A man between the ages of 25-44, and a man and a woman, each 65-84.

Beaver County reported two deaths: A woman 25-44, and a man 65-84.

Two more men, 65-84, also died, one from Emery County, the other from Juab County.

Tests reported in past day • 7,532 people were tested for the first time. A total of 13,501 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 389. That’s nine more than on Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 147 are in intensive care, four fewer than on Tuesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 14.8%. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 13.7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 8.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 9.8%

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

Totals to date • 442,245 cases; 2518 deaths; 19,144 hospitalizations; 2,987,745 people tested.

This story is developing and will be updated.