Utah’s COVID-19 positivity rate is holding steady

It’s about 16%, which is more than three times what state officials are hoping to see.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jazz fans wear masks at Vivint Arena for NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

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The rate of positive COVID-19 tests in Utah held steady at just over 16%, according to the Utah Department of Health. That’s still more than three times the 5% rate that state health officials have said indicates the coronavirus is under control.

And the number of deaths jumped by 17 — although six of those happened before Jan. 13 and are only now being reported after test results were confirmed.

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 13,672 / 325,457.

Cases reported in past day • 1,201.

Deaths reported in past day • 17.

Salt Lake County reported nine deaths: Two men ages 25 to 44; a man and a woman 45 to 64; two men 45 to 64; and two men and a woman 85-plus.

There were three deaths in Washington County: A woman 45 to 64; and two women over 85.

Two Utah County residents died, both women 85-plus.

And there was one death each in Cache County (a man 85-plus); Davis County (a woman 65 to 84); and Weber County (a woman 65 to 84).

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 396. That’s down six from Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 130 are in intensive care units — one more than on Monday.

Tests reported in past day • 7,499.

Percentage of positive tests • 16.02%. That’s about the same as the seven-day average of 16.6%.

Totals to date • 348,409 cases; 1,685 deaths; 13,576 hospitalizations; 2,035,662 tests.