Utah reports 4,661 COVID cases, seven additional deaths
Jan 4, 2022, 1:16 PM | Updated: 1:23 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday said seven more Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and 4,661 residents have tested positive for the virus since yesterday.
Of those cases, 651 (13.97%) were in school-aged children:
- 651 cases in children ages 5-10
- 126 cases in children ages 11-13
- 276 cases in children ages 14-18
UDOH officials released the following statement last Wednesday:
“”These cases affect ALL Utah residents. We need the help of all Utahns to minimize the disruptions of this virus in our communities. If you feel sick, stay home, and get tested. If you attend a large indoor gathering, we recommend wearing a mask to protect you and those around you. If you have delayed getting your booster or your first vaccine dose, now is the time to get that shot. To schedule an appointment for a vaccine or a booster, locations are available here.”
Preliminary data released before the weekend showed Friday would have one of the state’s highest single-day case counts.
Currently, 479 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 178 of those people are in intensive care units.
Utah’s ICUs were 88.1% full Tuesday and the ICU beds in Utah’s 16 referral centers, where the majority of COVID-19 patients are treated, were 91.2% full — above the state’s utilization threshold or “functionally full” mark of 85%.
Thirty-four percent of Utah’s ICU usage is due to COVID-19 patients. Utah’s ICUs have been above the functionally full mark since Aug. 23.
“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.”
As of Tuesday, 4,576,939 vaccine doses have been given in Utah — an increase of 12,319 since yesterday. Over 1.9 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated, over 2.15 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 663,468 have received a booster dose.
Over 5.48 million vaccine doses have been delivered to the Beehive State.
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 and booster dose administrations.
Data includes the total number of people who have received a booster dose, a breakdown by age (over 65 and under 65), and data on the type of booster dose people have received.
Children ages 5-11 are eligible to receive a smaller dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which has been fully approved by the FDA and CDC, and appointments are available across the state.
All Utahns age 18 and older, who received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago, or a Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago, are also eligible for a booster shot.
Teens ages 12 to 17 are also eligible for a Pfizer booster dose.
The FDA and CDC have approved booster doses for Americans and urged those age 50 and older to seek one.
Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated risk ratios
In the last 28 days, people who are unvaccinated are at 20.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 9.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 2.8 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.
Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 7.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 2.3 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.
UDOH reports 4,313,416 people have been tested — 15,056 more since yesterday. Of those, 656,407 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 4,661 new cases.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 3,754 — up from 3,346 on Monday and a large jump from 1,158 the previous Monday.
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” jumped to 21% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” rose to 14.2%.
Numerous studies, with more being released every day, show that Omicron appears to be significantly different in several positive ways:
1) Hospitalization and severe illness significantly lower.
2) More mild disease, and less likely to bind with/impact lung tissue. 2/
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) December 30, 2021
All of that being said, our hospitals are still very busy with Delta patients, RSV and now flu season picking up. The next few weeks may be a little bumpy, but we have more tools than ever before to protect ourselves! 4/
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) December 30, 2021
The virus has killed 3,811 of the state’s residents. The following deaths were reported Tuesday:
- Male, between 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 65-84, Box Elder County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, older than 85, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, between 65-84, Carbon County resident, unknown hospitalization status
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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 and a booster dose if it has been more than six months (Pfizer/Moderna) since your second dose or two months (J&J) since your first
- 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).