Utah coronavirus cases up 2,110 on Wednesday, with record-high hospitalizations
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Utah reported 2,110 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the second-highest increase since the pandemic began — and record hospitalizations for the fourth day in a row. For the past week, the state has averaged 1,803 new positive test results a day, continuing a streak of new record highs, the Utah Department of Health reported. That average includes the previous record of 2,292 new cases on Oct. 30. Utah's death toll from the coronavirus stood at 625 on Wednesday, with six fatalities reported since Tuesday and one previous death being removed after further investigation. The new fatalities are: A Salt Lake County woman, age 65 to 84. A Salt Lake County man, older than 85. A Utah County man, age 65 to 84. A Utah County woman, age 65 to 84. An Iron County man, age 65 to 84. A Cache County man, age 45 to 64. An inmate at the Utah State Prison in Draper also died Wednesday after he became infected. State corrections officials did not identify the man but reported he was 82 and also suffered from other illnesses. An autopsy is pending. "Although the incarcerated individual had…