CORONAVIRUS

Utah reports under 500 COVID cases, 11 additional deaths on Friday

Feb 25, 2022, 1:25 PM
FILE: An employee at Spectrum Solutions assembles COVID-19 saliva test kits on September 21, 2020 i...
FILE: An employee at Spectrum Solutions assembles COVID-19 saliva test kits on September 21, 2020 in Draper, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Friday said 11 more Utahns have lost their lives due to COVID-19 while 425 residents have tested positive for the virus since yesterday.

Of those cases, 55 (10.53%) were in school-aged children:

  • 28 cases in children ages 5-10
  • 9 cases in children ages 11-13
  • 18 cases in children ages 14-17

Currently, 372 Utahns are in the hospital with confirmed cases of COVID-19 — a drop from Thursday’s count of 395 but up from Wednesday’s count of 358.

Hospitalizations

Of the 372 people currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 101 of those people are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 74.7% full Friday and the ICU beds in Utah’s 16 referral centers, where the majority of COVID-19 patients are treated, were 78.9% full — back above the state’s utilization warning mark of 77% after dropping below it on Wednesday for the first time since July 12.

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

“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.”

Vaccinations

As of Friday, 4,940,572 vaccine doses have been given in Utah — an increase of 5,165 since yesterday.

Over 1.98 million Utahns are now fully vaccinated, over 2.23 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 867,000 have received a booster dose.

Over 5.94 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.

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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. Moderna’s vaccine has also received full U.S. approval.

All Utahns age 18 and older, who received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine more than five months ago, or a Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago, are also eligible for a booster shot.

Three studies released by the CDC offer more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots.

Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

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 and booster vs. unvaccinated risk ratios

“Beginning (Thursday), the ‘risk factors’ tab of the data dashboard now includes data on individuals who have received their booster doses,” UDOH said.

In the last 28 days, people who are unvaccinated are at 19.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 6.5 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 2.5 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than boosted people.

In the last 28 days, people who are unvaccinated are at 6.3 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 2.5 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 2 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

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Testing

UDOH reports 4,920,144 people have been tested — 3,539 more since yesterday. Of those, 921,956 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — an increase of 425 new cases.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 559 — down from 1,055 on Friday and 1,466 last Monday.

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The rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” dropped to 18.4% while the rolling seven-day average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” dropped to 10.7%.

Deaths

The virus has killed 4,408 of the state’s residents. One of the following deaths, which were reported Friday, occurred before Jan. 25:

  • Male, between 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized
  • Male, older than 85, Davis County resident, not hospitalized
  • Female, older than 85, Box Elder County resident, long-term care facility resident
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, not hospitalized
  • Female, between 65-84, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Female, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, not hospitalized
  • Male, between 65-84, Weber County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 45-64, Sanpete County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  • Male, between 65-84, Utah County resident, 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 and a booster dose if it has been more than five 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 face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

People, including children older than 2, should wear a mask in indoor public places if they are:

  • Not fully vaccinated
  • Fully vaccinated and in an area with substantial or high transmission
  • Fully vaccinated and with weakened immune systems
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.

Updated isolation guidelines can be found here.

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Utah reports under 500 COVID cases, 11 additional deaths on Friday