PROVO, Utah – 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%.