Utah reports another 11 COVID-19 deaths, but the rate of positive tests falls

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Utah’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests continues to fall — the state reported Thursday it was about 17%, and it was about about twice that last week.

But the death toll continue to rise. Another 11 deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the total to 101 in just the past week — 7% of the total COVID-19 deaths in Utah since the pandemic began.

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 8,318 / 133,202.

Cases reported in past day • 2,742.

Deaths reported in past day • 11.

The deaths reported Wednesday • All but one of the 11 deaths were people 65 and older.

There were two deaths in Salt Lake County (two women 65-84); two deaths in Utah County (one man 65-84 and one man over 85); two deaths in Washington County (one woman and one man 65-84); two deaths in Weber County (two men 65-84); and one death each Davis County (a man 45-64); Iron County (a man 65-84), and Kane County (a man 65-84).

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 559. That’s down seven from Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 194 are in intensive care units — the same as on Wednesday.

Tests reported in past day • 16,231.

Percentage of positive tests • 16.89%. This is more than 9% lower than the seven-day average of 26%.

Totals to date • 317,559 cases; 1,460 deaths; 12,249 hospitalizations; 1,871,616 tests.

This story is developing and will be updated.