SALT LAKE CITY — On the same day the world’s first shots of a fully tested vaccine for COVID-19 were being given overseas, Utah health officials reported another 2,333 cases in the state Tuesday, along with 23 more deaths, the second-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic.
The latest count, just below the grim record of 26 deaths reported the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, brings the total number of deaths in Utah due to the novel coronavirus to 972. Currently, 579 people are hospitalized with the deadly virus, bringing the total of hospitalizations throughout the pandemic to 9,003.
More than 1.5 million people now have been tested in Utah, an increase of 9,906 since Monday. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 3,101 per day. The rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 27%, a slight drop of less than a percentage point from Monday’s all-time high.
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