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Another 18 Utahns die from COVID-19, state reports Wednesday


(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Abbie Lunda, an LPN with Ivy Lane Pediatrics in Ogden receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The Weber-Morgan Health Department began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers in non-hospital settings at Weber State University’s Dee Events Center, Jan. 5, 2020. The health department hopes to vaccinate 1,000 a day.

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The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Utah spiked on Wednesday to 18 — equaling the number who died in the previous three days combined.

The number of Utahns in intensive care units because of the coronavirus jumped 13% from Tuesday to Wednesday, to a total of 192.

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 4,661 / 60,462.

Cases reported in past day • 3,769.

Deaths reported in past day • 18.

Deaths reported Wednesday • There were seven deaths in Salt Lake County (three men ages 45-64, one man and one woman 64-84, one woman 65-84, and one woman over 85); three deaths in Weber County (a woman 25-44, a man 45-64 and a man 65-84); two deaths in Utah County (a man 65-84 and a woman over 85); two deaths in Washington County (a man 45-64 and a woman 65-84); and one each in Box Elder (a man 65-84), Duchesne County (a man 45-64), Millard County (a man 65-84) and Summit County (a man 65-84).

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 525. That’s up 15 from Tuesday and 41 from Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 192 are in intensive care units — 25 more than on Monday.

Tests reported in past day • 12,457.

Percentage of positive tests • 30.26%. That’s slightly below the seven-day average of 32.66%.

Totals to date • 292,720 cases; 1,330 deaths; 11,463 hospitalizations; 1,774,635 tests.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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