CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah reports 2,267 COVID-19 cases, 14 additional deaths

Nov 4, 2021, 2:04 PM | Updated: 2:07 pm
FILE (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Thursday said 14 more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 2,267 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Of those cases, 480 (21.17%) were in school-aged children.

  • 216 cases in children ages 5-10
  • 129 cases in children ages 11-13
  • 135 cases in children ages 14-18

Currently, 572 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 95.2% full — above the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,529 — up from 1,506 on Monday and 1,482 last Monday.

An additional 11,282 vaccine doses have been administered since yesterday, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine doses given to 3,794,735.

UDOH said over 1.76 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated and over 1.96 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive a smaller dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which has been fully approved by the FDA and CDC.

UDOH says 109,000 kid-sized vaccine doses have been sent to the Beehive State and appointments are now available.

COVID-19 vaccine campaign expands to elementary-age children

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 16.4 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 11.1 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 4.9 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 8.7 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.2 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 3.6 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

(UDOH)

Testing

UDOH reports 3,746,617 people have been tested — 11,998 more than yesterday. Of those, 558,730 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 2,267 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 1,529 — up from 1,506 on Monday and 1,482 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 17.9% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests rose to 11.7%.

Vaccinations

The state has administered 3,794,735 vaccine doses in total as of Thursday, which is an increase of 11,282 over yesterday’s numbers.

As of Thursday, over 1.96 million Utahns had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.76 million Utahns had been fully vaccinated.

Over 4.52 million vaccines have been delivered to Utah.

The eligible population for vaccinations has changed with the expansion of vaccines to the 5- to 11-year-old age group. The state’s dashboard now includes a breakout of vaccines administered for that age group.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 572 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 216 of those people are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 92.3% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 95.2% full Thursday — above the state’s utilization threshold or “functionally full” mark of 85%.

Forty-two 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.”

Primary Children’s Hospital delaying non-urgent procedures and surgeries

Deaths

As of Thursday, the virus had killed 3,276 of the state’s residents.

The following deaths were reported on Thursday:

  • Male, between 65-84, Cache County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Uintah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Carbon County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Uintah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 65-84, Salt Lake County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 45-64, Iron County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Emery County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 45-64, Beaver County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Cache County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized at time of death

Nationwide Numbers


Coronavirus Resources

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The latest COVID-19 stories from KSL can be found here.

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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Utah reports 2,267 COVID-19 cases, 14 additional deaths