Utah reports another 17 COVID-19 deaths

The number of new cases jumped back above 1,000 on Tuesday.

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Seventeen more Utahns have died from COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health reported Wednesday, while the number of new cases jumped back above 1,000 to almost 1,300.

And the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals — and intensive care units — continued to inch back up, after declining last week.

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 16,778 / 442,476.

Number of Utahns who have received two doses • 117,305.

Cases reported in past day • 1,299.

Deaths reported in past day • 17.

Salt Lake County reported four deaths: A man between the ages of 65 and 84, and two men and a woman 85 or older.

There were also four deaths in Weber County: A man 45 to 64, a man 65 to 84, and a man and a woman 85 or older.

Three Utah County residents died: Two men and a woman, all 85 or older.

Box Elder County reported two deaths: A man and a woman both 65 to 84.

And there was a single death in each of four counties — a man 65 to 84 in Tooele County, and three people age 85 or over: A man in Cache County and women from Carbon and Wasatch counties.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 323. That’s up four from Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 131 are in intensive care units — seven more than on Tuesday.

Tests reported in past day • 8,988 people were tested for the first time. A total of 23,334 people were tested on Tuesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 14.5%. That’s slightly lower than the seven-day average of 15.3%.

Its new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. That rate is now at 5.6%, lower than the seven-day average of 7%.

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

Totals to date • 357,339 cases; 1,765 deaths; 14,007 hospitalizations; 2,094,809 people tested.

[Read more: These Walmarts in Utah will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to seniors on Friday]

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