CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah reports 1,810 COVID-19 cases, 18 additional deaths; referral center ICUs at 101% capacity

Oct 29, 2021, 1:14 PM | Updated: 1:21 pm
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)...
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Friday said 18 more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 1,810 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Of those cases, 349 (19.28%) were in school-aged children.

  • 176 cases in children ages 5-10
  • 80 cases in children ages 11-13
  • 93 cases in children ages 14-18

Currently, 535 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 101.4% full — above the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,571 — up from 1,482 on Monday and 1,288 last Monday.

An additional 12,856 vaccine doses have been administered since Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine doses given to 3,731,272.

UDOH said over 1.75 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.94 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Cent fully approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and all three major vaccines have been approved for booster shots.

And a panel of FDA advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer’s shots for 5- to 11-year-olds.

FDA panel backs Pfizer’s low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids

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 19 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 10.8 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 5.3 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 9.0 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.4 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 3.7 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

(UDOH)

Testing

UDOH reports 3,698,023 people have been tested — 9,561 more than Thursday. Of those, 549,882 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 1,810 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,571 — up from 1,482 on Monday and 1,288 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” rose to 17.1% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests remained at 11%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 3,731,272 vaccine doses in total as of Friday, which is an increase of 12,856 over yesterday’s numbers.

As of Friday, over 1.94 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.75 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 4.42 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 535 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 204 of those people are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 98.8% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 101.4% full Friday — above capacity and 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 Friday, the virus had killed 3,208 of the state’s residents.

UDOH said two of the following deaths, which were reported Thursday, occurred before Oct. 1:

  • Male, between 25-44, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 45-64, Box Elder County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Washington County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, older than 85, Weber County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Duchesne County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Uintah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death

Nationwide Numbers


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Utah reports 1,810 COVID-19 cases, 18 additional deaths; referral center ICUs at 101% capacity