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Because most of the current COVID-19 testing in Utah is done with home tests — which are not reported publicly — it is becoming more difficult to gauge community transmission across the state.

Dr. Brandon Webb, Chair of Intermountain Healthcare’s COVID-19 therapeutics team, , said Thursday there is a lot of COVID in Utah and the state is still in a surge, but it is difficult to put an accurate number on it.

What is known from the state health department’s Thursday update is that 14 more Utahns died of the disease the past week. There were two deaths in northern Utah: a Box Elder County man between 65-84 years of age and a Cache County woman, 65-84.

There have been 250 COVID deaths within the Bear River Health District, which includes Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties.

Nearly 10,400 vaccine doses were administered the last seven days which brings the total doses administered in Utah to almost 5.3 million.

Since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020, 987,767 positive cases have been reported, with 4,847 deaths and 36,186 hospitalizations.

Checking more of the most recent numbers in northern Utah, total coronavirus cases  in the region since the outbreak amount to 53,479. There were 325 new cases in the district the last seven days and 67 percent of the northern Utah population (age 5+) have received at least one dose of the vaccine. More than 2,100 patients in the three northern Utah counties have been hospitalized with COVID.

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