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0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efb02e0000KPCW's COVID-19 news coverage for Summit County and Wasatch County, Utah. 0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efb02f0000You can also visit the Utah Department of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites for additional information.

Wasatch County Records 24th COVID-19 Death; 1,286 New Statewide Cases

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Wasatch County reported another COVID-19 death Friday.


Friday’s death was identified as a female between 65 and 84 years old, who was hospitalized at the time of her death. Her death brings the total number of Wasatch County victims to 24 since the start of the pandemic.


Seven other deaths were reported across the state, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,623.


1,286 additional cases were reported by the Utah Department of Health. Summit County saw 14, and Wasatch County reported four. According to the health department, 250 of Friday’s cases were children between five and 18 years old.


The statewide seven-day average of positive tests has climbed to 1,176, its highest level since February 5th.


There are currently 467 Utahns hospitalized with the disease. Over 20,000 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.


Statewide ICUs are 87% full, with 90% of COVID-19 referral center ICU beds filled. 85% capacity is considered to be “full” for an ICU. Intermountain Healthcare announced on Friday that its hospital’s ICUs are at 100% capacity.


According to the health department, 69% of Utahns over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of vaccine. Just over 60% are fully vaccinated.


The health department said since February 1st, unvaccinated people are over six times more likely to die if they contract COVID-19 than vaccinated people, over five times more likely to be hospitalized, and five times more likely to test positive.


Unvaccinated people are encouraged to speak with their doctors. To find a vaccination location near you, click here.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.