8 new COVID deaths over the last seven days; state total closing in on 5,000 – Cache Valley Daily

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With eight new COVID-19 deaths the last seven days Utah is closing in on 5,000 since the start of the pandemic.

COVID-19 deaths remain at 257 within the Bear River Health District, which includes Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties. Since the outbreak, 56,519 total positive cases have been found in the district, 39,985 of them in Cache County.

There were 165 new cases in the district the last week and over 68 percent of the northern Utah population (age 5+) has received at least one dose of the vaccine and 2,262 patients in northern Utah have been hospitalized with COVID.

Utah’s Division of Health and Human Services reported 122 COVID patients in the state’s hospitals as of Thursday, 37 fewer than last week. Included in those numbers are 22 COVID patients in intensive care. Since the start of the pandemic there have been 38,167 COVID hospitalizations in Utah.

In other COVID-19 metrics released Thursday almost 56 percent of the state’s wastewater sites showed elevated or increasing amounts of corona virus.

Almost 2,400 new cases were reported in the last week, much fewer than a week ago. There have been 1,032,129 positive cases of COVID in Utah the last 30 months.

Just over two million Utahns are fully vaccinated — which is 63 percent of the population — and 985,386 have received at lease one booster shot.

Almost 3,500 vaccine doses were administered the last seven days to bring the total doses administered in Utah to more than 5.37 million.