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The positivity rate of COVID-19 tests fell to just under 16% on Tuesday, although the Utah Department of Health added 17 more deaths to the state’s tally.
Four of those deaths occurred in December and were only recently confirmed as coronavirus-related. And UDOH removed one death from its list of Utah victims because the man turned out to be a Nevada resident.
Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 8,062 / 237,637.
Cases reported in past day • 1,411.
Deaths reported in past day • 17.
Three counties each reported four deaths. In Davis County, the victims were three women age 65-84 and a man over 85. In Salt Lake County, the victims were a man and a woman 45-64 and a man and a woman 65-84. In Utah County, two men 45-64, a man 65-84 and a man 85-plus died.
In Washington County, a man 45-64 and a man 65-84 died.
And there was one death each in Iron County (a man 65-84), Morgan County (a man 85-plus) and Sanpete County (a woman 65-84).
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 452. That’s down seven from Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 158 are in intensive care units — 19 fewer than on Monday.
Tests reported in past day • 9,291.
Percentage of positive tests • 15.91%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 19.11%.
Totals to date • 338,675 cases; 1,613 deaths; 13,137 hospitalizations; 1,978,950 tests.