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


(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 gets ready to give Christy Mulder, an RN in the MICU, her second dose on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

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

But the death toll continue to rise. Another 11 deaths were reported Thursday as the state closes in on 1,500.

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

Cases reported in past day • 2,742.

Deaths reported in past day • 11.

Hospitalizations reported in past day • 559. That’s down seven from 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.

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