Another 22 Utahns die of COVID-19, as a holiday spike keeps case numbers high

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) University of Utah Health begins administering the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as pharmacy resident Chanah Gallagher gives Christy Mulder, an RN in the MICU, her second dose on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

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As the state of Utah ramps up the administration of COVID-19 vaccines — with more than 21,000 vaccinated in the past day — the number of deaths continues to climb. According to the Utah Department of Health, another 22 people have died of coronavirus, as the state total approaches 1,400.

And the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations remain high.

“Effectively, our ICUs are full,” said Dr. Angela Dunn, the state’s epidemiologist, at a Friday news conference. “This is the spike from our winter holidays. … It’s clear we’ve let our guard down.”

Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 21,401 / 89,431.

Cases reported in past day • 3,793.

Deaths reported in past day • 22.

The 29 deaths reported Thursday • There were 11 deaths in Salt Lake County (one woman age 45-64, two men and three women 65-84, and three men and two women older than 85); four deaths in Davis County (a man 25-44, a man 45-64, a woman 65-84, and a man over 85); three deaths in Utah County (two men and one woman 65-84); two deaths in Washington County (a man 45-64 and a man 65-84); and one death each in in San Juan County (a woman 25-44) and Weber County (a man 45-64).

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 543. That’s up six from Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 196 are in intensive care units — nine more than on Thursday.

Tests reported in past day • 13,036.

Percentage of positive tests • 29.1%. This is lower than the seven-day average of 32.7%.

Totals to date • 301,110 cases; 1,381 deaths; 11,679 hospitalizations; 1,803,225 tests.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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