Health Officials Report 5 More Have Died From COVID, 699 Test Positive

Mar 17, 2021, 1:13 PM | Updated: 1:35 pm

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Five more Utahns have died from COVID-19 and 699 have tested positive, according to the latest information from the Utah Department of Health.

Officials noted four of the five people who died passed away before Feb. 17.

The state also administered more than 27,000 vaccines, Wednesday’s data shows.

Currently, 180 people are hospitalized with the virus.

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UDOH reports 2,3017,238 people have been tested so far, which is an increase of 8,666 people tested since yesterday.

Of those, a total of 379,780 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s an increase of 699 positive cases since Tuesday’s report.

The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 499 per day.

The rolling 7-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” is 8.3%. The rolling 7-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” is 4.1%.


There are currently 180 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 63 of those people are in intensive care units. Another 13 people are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

The state’s ICUs are currently 72.6% occupied. The ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers are 74.8% full.

Referral Centers are the 16 hospitals in Utah with the capability to provide the best care for patients with COVID-19. Because most patients are transferred to these facilities, their utilization is the best reflection of the true hospital capacity in Utah when looking at ICU beds.


An additional five Utahns have lost their lives as a direct result of COVID-19, bringing the state’s pandemic death toll to 2,037.

Health officials noted four of those people died before Feb. 17.

The following individuals’ deaths were reported Wednesday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Washington County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, between 65-84, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 45-64, San Juan County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, long-term care facility resident


The state has administered 1,054,727 vaccinations so far, which is an increase of 27,654 vaccines since Tuesday’s report.

So far, 696,178 Utahns have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 384,054 people have been fully immunized.

There have been 1,250,160 vaccines delivered to Utah.

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Health Officials Report 5 More Have Died From COVID, 699 Test Positive