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19th COVID-19 death reported in Summit County Wednesday

To date, 3,262 Utahns have died of the disease.

Summit County reported another COVID-19 death Wednesday, The county has now seen 19 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

According to the Utah Department of Health, the Summit County death was a man between 45 and 64 years old who was hospitalized at the time of his death.

Summit County Health Director Phil Bondurant told the county board of health on Monday that the man was immunocompromised and vaccinated against the disease. The exact date of death is not specified in the state report.

13 other deaths were reported across the state on Wednesday, bringing the statewide COVID-19 death toll to 3,262.

Statewide, over 2,100 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday. Summit County saw 16 new cases and Wasatch County reported 25. Both Summit and Wasatch Counties are considered “high” transmission areas by the state health department.

Over 12,000 more vaccines were administered across the state Wednesday. In Summit County, 85% of eligible people are considered to be fully vaccinated. In Wasatch County, that number is 57%.

According to the Utah Department of Health, in the last month, unvaccinated people are 15 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who are vaccinated, and 11 times more likely to be hospitalized. To find a free 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.