Utah reports just under 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths Sunday

Registered nurse Amy Wilcox administers COVID-19 tests for Nora Thompson, center, and her three daughters at a drive-thru test center at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
Registered nurse Amy Wilcox administers COVID-19 tests for Nora Thompson, center, and her three daughters at a drive-thru test center at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported another 1,994 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Sunday.

The new cases were confirmed out of 8,663 people tested, with a 23% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is 2,442 per day, while the positive lab test rate is 22.8%.

On Sunday, 557 patients were hospitalized with the coronavirus in Utah, which is two fewer than were hospitalized the previous day. Intensive care units across the state were 94.8% full overall, and referral ICUs that can treat more serious patients were 98.7% full.

Over the week ending on Sunday, 23,400 vaccines were shipped to the Beehive State and about 5,000 doses were administered to health care workers. Utah expects another 16,757 to be shipped this week.

To date, 250,964 cases have been confirmed out of 1,642,559 people tested in Utah. Just over 10,000 people have required hospitalization for the disease in the state since the pandemic began.

The deaths reported Sunday were an Iron County man, Morgan County woman, Salt Lake County woman, Utah County woman, and Washington County man, all of whom were between 65 and 84 and hospitalized when they died.

A Sanpete County man between 45 and 64 also died while hospitalized. A Salt Lake County man between 65 and 84, who was a long-term care resident, was also among the newly-reported deaths.

This story will be updated.

Ashley Imlay

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