The positivity rate falls to 17.9% on Tuesday.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths reported in Utah leaped past 1,400 on Tuesday — although more than half of the new fatalities happened at least three weeks ago. And the state reported its lowest positivity rate in weeks.
Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 6,983 / 110,530
Cases reported in past day • 2,146.
Deaths reported in past day • 26. However, 15 of those deaths occurred before Dec. 22 and are being reported now because, according to UDOH, the Office of the Medical Examiner “conducts thorough investigations of all potential COVID-related deaths,” which “can take several weeks to complete.”
The deaths reported Tuesday • Of the 26 deaths, all but two were 65 and older. There were 10 deaths in Salt Lake County (one woman 45-64, two women and three men 64-85, and three women and one man 85 or older); four deaths in Utah County (three women 64-84, and one woman 85 or older); three deaths in Davis County (one woman and one man 65-84, and one woman 85 or older); three deaths in Weber County (one woman 45-64, and one woman and one man 85 or older); two deaths in Washington County (one woman and one man 85 or older); and one death each in Millard County (a woman 45-64); Tooele County (a man 65-84); Iron County (a man 85 or older); and Cache County (a man 85 or older).
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 560. That’s up six from Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 187 are in intensive care units — two fewer than on Monday.
Tests reported in past day • 11,991.
Percentage of positive tests • 17.9%. This is well below the seven-day average of 29.3%.
Totals to date • 309,629 cases; 1,422 deaths; 12,059 hospitalizations; 1,843,113 tests.
This story is developing and will be updated.