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Utah reports 3,036 COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths over the weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Monday said 23 more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 3,036 residents tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

UDOH broke down that case count into the following:

  • 1,329 cases on 10/15
  • 1,092 cases on 10/16
  • 639 cases on 10/17
  • 24 cases removed from days prior to 10/15

Of those cases, 608 (20.03%) were in school-aged children.

  • 298 cases in children ages 5-10
  • 125 cases in children ages 11-13
  • 185 cases in children ages 14-18

Currently, 517 Utahns are hospitalized due to the virus and the ICUs at Utah’s 16 referral center hospitals, where the majority of COVID-19 patients are treated, are 93.7% full — above the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.

The number of hospitalizations is down 107 from Wednesday, when a record 624 Utahns were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Utah’s previous record of 604 COVID-19 hospitalizations was set on Dec. 4, 2020.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,247 — down from 1,288 on Friday down from 1,399 last Tuesday.

An additional 12,731 vaccine doses have been administered since Friday, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine doses given to 3,618,152.

UDOH said over 1.72 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.92 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fully approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson has applied for emergency-use authorization for a booster dose of its vaccine.

“The vaccine has been proven to be safe and highly effective since it first became available under emergency use last December. Full FDA approval is the final step in a rigorous approval process to confirm the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness,” UDOH officials said. “The FDA’s announcement should provide confidence to anyone who may have hesitated to get the vaccine while it was under emergency use. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and help end the pandemic. We also strongly encourage healthcare providers who haven’t offered COVID-19 vaccines at their practice before now, to take the necessary steps to enroll as vaccine providers as soon as possible.”

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated risk ratios

UDOH said it has updated how the department calculates risk ratios on its data dashboard.

“We are now reporting age-adjusted risk ratios,” UDOH officials said. “This is an important update that more accurately reflects the risk for the overall population. The change will result in higher risk ratios for the unvaccinated for being hospitalized and dying. This is because the prior method, which did not age-adjust, biased the data toward older adults who are more likely to be both vaccinated and hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than younger people. By age-adjusting, we are better reflecting the true risk for all Utahns.”

In the last 28 days, people who are unvaccinated are at 13.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 11.1 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 6.0 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 8.9 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 3.9 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

(UDOH)

Testing

UDOH reports 3,601,640 people have been tested — 18,891 more than Friday. Of those, 532,183 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 3,036 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,288 — down from 1,399 on Tuesday and 1,376 last Monday.

(UDOH)

On June 1, Utah’s rolling seven-day average had dropped to 200 cases.

The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” dropped to 15.5% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests dropped 10.2%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 3,618,152 vaccine doses in total as of Monday, which is an increase of 12,731 over Friday’s numbers.

As of Monday, over 1.92 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.72 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 4.26 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 517 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 197 of those people are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 89.3% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 93.7% full Monday — above the state’s utilization threshold or “functionally full” mark of 85%.

Forty percent of Utah’s ICU usage is due to COVID-19 patients.

(UDOH)

“At about 69% overall ICU utilization, ICUs in Utah’s major hospitals with the ability to provide best care for COVID-19 patients begin to reach staffing capacity,” UDOH officials said. “Seventy-two percent use among all hospitals and 77% in referral center hospitals creates major strains on the health care system. When 85% capacity is reached, Utah will be functionally out of staffed ICU beds, indicating an overwhelmed hospital system.”

Deaths

As of Monday, the virus had killed 3,090 of the state’s residents.

The following deaths were reported Monday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Carbon County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Tooele County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, older than 85, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 25-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Millard County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Davis County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, older than 85, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Nationwide Numbers


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How do I prevent it?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC recommends Americans should continue wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

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