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Summit County Sees 17th COVID-19 Fatality Tuesday


COVID-19 claimed the life of a 17th Summit County resident today.


Tuesday’s Summit County death was identified as a man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of his death.


The death was announced by the Utah Department of Health alongside 24 other COVID-19 victims, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,829 since the start of the pandemic.


To date, 17 people have died of COVID-19 in Summit County. 27 deaths have occurred in Wasatch County.


1,326 new statewide cases were reported by the Utah health department Tuesday, bringing the rolling seven-day average of positive tests to 1,464. The seven-day average of positive tests has fallen since a high of nearly 1,700 on September 14th. The total number of tests administered in Utah has also declined slightly in that same timeframe, according to health department data.


In the Wasatch Back, Summit County recorded 12 new cases on Tuesday and Wasatch County saw 10. Summit County has been experiencing a plateau in the average number of COVID-19 cases since late August. Wasatch County’s average has seen a slight decline similar to statewide numbers since a spike at the end of last week. 


580 Utahns are currently in the hospital with COVID-19. Over 90% of statewide ICU beds are occupied. Daily hospital admissions have steadily climbed since early July and 13 Utah hospitals, including Park City Hospital, announced earlier this month that they would postpone non life-threatening surgeries due to thin hospital resources amid the surge.


Currently, 64% of Utahns over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated. In Summit County, that number is 83% and in Wasatch County, it’s 62%.


Unvaccinated people are urged to speak to a trusted healthcare provider about the vaccine. A free vaccination location can be found at 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.