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Wasatch County reports 28th COVID-19 death

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Wasatch County recorded another COVID-19 death today.

The victim was a man between the ages of 65 and 84 and wasn’t hospitalized when he passed. His death brings the number of Wasatch County COVID fatalities to 28 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nine other Utah deaths were also reported Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,983.

The Utah Department of Health didn’t disclose the exact dates of death.

Earlier this week, Wasatch County Health Promotion Director Jonelle Fitzgerald gave the Heber City Council a COVID update.

Overall, she said there’ve been good signs recently, like cases trending downward and about half of the population being fully vaccinated, but the county isn’t out of the woods yet.

“We’re hopeful, as I talk to health professionals throughout the state, that our leveling off of cases statewide, and a little bit of a drop there, that hospitalization rates will follow that trend,” she said.

Statewide, the health department reported over 1,800 new cases Thursday, bringing the rolling seven-day average of positive cases to 1,436, which is also lower than the statewide average was in mid-September.

418 or just under a quarter of Thursday’s cases were school-aged children under the age of 18, according to the health department.

Wasatch County reported eight new cases and a seven-day rolling average of 10 Thursday. The most cases reported in one day last month was 27 on September 10, and the seven-day average was 14.

Earlier this week, Summit County moved back down to moderate transmission status. Summit County reported 14 new cases Thursday.

As of Thursday, there were 570 Utahns in the hospital with COVID, and over 98% of statewide ICU beds were occupied.

65% of eligible Utahns over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated. In Wasatch County, it’s 63%, and in Summit County, that number is 84%.