Utah coronavirus cases up 1,007 Wednesday, with 8 new deaths and record hospitalizations
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With 1,007 new coronavirus cases reported Wednesday, Utah's rate of new diagnoses continued to rise. For the past week, the Utah Department of Health has tallied 1,044 new positive test results a day, on average — a record high, and far above the state's goal to keep weeklong averages to fewer than 400 new cases per day. Utah's death toll from the coronavirus stood at 496 on Wednesday, with eight fatalities reported since Tuesday: A Washington County woman older than 85. A Utah County woman, age 65 to 84. A Millard County woman older than 85. A Utah County woman older than 85. A Salt Lake County woman older than 85. A Salt Lake County man, age 45 to 64. A Salt Lake County man, age 65 to 84. A Salt Lake County woman, age 65 to 84. Hospitalizations stood at a record high Wednesday, with 226 Utah patients concurrently admitted, UDOH reported, above the previous high of 225 patients on July 24. On average, 194 patients have been receiving treatment in Utah hospitals each day for the past week. In total, 4,113 patients have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19, up 55 from Tuesday. In the past two weeks, the state has reported 529 hospitalizations — by far the most of any 14-day stretch since the pandemic began. Utah's intensive care units were 72.4% occupied as of Wednesday, meeting the state's goal of less than 85% occupancy. Although Utah County reported more new cases per capita than…