Utah’s COVID-19 deaths number 17 over the last week; 5,127 overall

FILE PHOTO: Empty blood tube with Positive Coronavirus label. Photo by Prasesh Shiwakoti (Lomash) on Unsplash.

LOGAN – The weekly COVID-19 update from the Utah Division of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was delayed 24 hours before it was released Friday afternoon, due to what a spokesman called a “glitch”.

The new data reflects a slight jump in case counts across the state and a larger increase in hospitalizations

The new report  includes 17 deaths from the coronavirus in the last seven days with 4,394 new cases in that same period. Since the start of the pandemic 33 months ago there have been 5,127 COVID deaths and 40,069 hospitalizations statewide.

As of Thursday, 165 Utahns were hospitalized with COVID-19, which is 40 more than the previous week, with 23 coronavirus patients in intensive care.

Among 262 COVID deaths in the Bear River Health District since the start of the pandemic, 134 of them have been in Box Elder County, 124 in Cache County and three in Rich County.

The most recent Bear River Health Department weekly update shows 57,138 total positive cases have been found since the start of the pandemic, including 2,378 COVID hospitalizations.

Over the course of the pandemic in Utah there have been 1,063,268 COVID-19 cases and 2,071,296 people have received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series; that is almost 64 percent of the state’s population.

Almost 57,000 vaccine doses were administered statewide in the last week and total doses given over the course of the pandemic is almost 5.8 million.

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