The state also reports five more deaths.
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New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again in Utah. Since hitting a nine-month low of 221 on Monday, that number more than doubled to 481 on Tuesday — and jumped to 699 on Wednesday.
The number of hospitalizations also rose, and five more deaths were reported by the Utah Department of Health.
Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 27,654 / 1,054,727.
Utahns fully vaccinated • 384,054.
Cases reported in past day • 699.
Deaths reported in past day • Five.
The deaths were: A woman age 85 or older in Salt Lake County; a man 45-64 in San Juan County; a woman 65-84 in Utah County; a man 65-84 in Washington County; and a woman 65-84 in Weber County.
Hospitalizations reported in past day • 180. That’s up nine from Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 63 are in intensive care units — eight more than on Tuesday.
Tests reported in past day • 8,666 people were tested for the first time. A total of 19,892 people were tested.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 8.1%. That’s about the same as the seven-day average of 8.3%.
Its new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate is now at 3.5%, lower than the seven-day average of 4.1%.
Totals to date • 379,780 cases; 2,037 deaths; 15,198 hospitalizations; 2,307,238 people tested.
This story is developing and will be updated.