Utah reports fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases again

However, another 10 residents died from the coronavirus in the past day.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brada Mayer, from Lehi gets a COVID-19 vaccination from Kirsten Weber, as Utah County residents lined up for vaccinations in a former Shopko store in Spanish Fork, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber.

For the third day in a row, there were fewer than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Utah. And, using the state’s new way of measuring test positivity, that rate fell to 5%.

But the Utah Department of Health also reported that the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus — including those in intensive care units — rose slightly, and there were 10 more deaths.

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 8,674 / 425,698.

Cases reported in past day • 918.

Deaths reported in past day • 10.

Weber County reported four deaths: A woman between the ages of 45-64, a man and a woman 65-84, and a man 85-plus.

There were three deaths in Salt Lake County: A man and a woman 65-84, and a man 85-plus.

Three counties each reported one death: A man 65-84 in Iron County, a woman 65-84 in Sanpete County, and a woman 65-84 in Utah County.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 319. That’s up 11 from Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 124 are in intensive care units — 12 more than on Saturday.

Tests reported in past day • 6,133 people were tested for the first time. A total of 18,409 people were tested on Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 15%. That’s about the same as the seven-day average of 15.5%.

Its new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. That rate is now at 5%, lower than the seven-day average of 7.2%.

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

Totals to date • 356,040 cases; 1,748 deaths; 13,950 hospitalizations; 2,085,821 people tested.