Utah reports 1,242 new cases of COVID-19, and 9 more deaths

Positivity rates are holding steady.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Julyn Shepherd fills syringes for Utah County residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations in a former Shopko store in Spanish Fork, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

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For the second day in a row, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Utah was well above 1,000, according to the state Department of Health.

The state’s positivity rates for tests remained relatively steady, but there were nine more coronavirus-related deaths.

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 20,244 / 462,720.

Number of Utahns who have received two doses • 127,643

Cases reported in past day • 1,242.

Deaths reported in past day • Nine.

Weber County reported three deaths — a man between the ages of 65 and 84 and two men 85 or older.

There were two deaths in Utah County — a man and a woman 85 or older.

Four counties each reported a single death — a man 65 to 84 in Morgan County; a man 45 to 64 in Salt Lake County; a woman 85 or older in Tooele County; and a man 85 or older in Washington County.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 327. That’s up four from Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 128 are in intensive care units — three fewer than on Wednesday.

Tests reported in past day • 8,807 people were tested for the first time. A total of 24,218 people were tested on Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 14.1%. That’s slightly lower than the seven-day average of 14.8%.

Its new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. That rate is now at 5.1%, lower than the seven-day average of 6.7%.

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

Totals to date • 358,581 cases; 1,774 deaths; 14,054 hospitalizations; 2,103,616 people tested.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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