Almost 900 more Utahns test positive for COVID-19

Four more people in Utah have died from the coronavirus.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Irvin Torres, 12, gets his COVID-19 vaccine from MSgt. Colton Shakespear with the Army National Guard, on Aug. 11, 2021. Torres turned 12 in July and was receiving his second shot. Vaccine shots are available at the free Pfizer community vaccine clinic hosted by the Utah National Guard in partnership with the Weber Morgan Health Department, at the Weber State University Continuing Education Center in Ogden. Shots are given out every Monday and Wednesday at the center at 2605 Monroe Blvd., and every Tuesday and Thursday at the Shepherd Union on the campus of Weber State University, now until the end of August.

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Another 897 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19, and four more people in the state have died from it.

The case count is down 51 from one week ago (948 on Aug. 6), and it’s up 297 from a month ago (600 on July 13). Three months ago, it was 344 (May 13); six months ago it was 711 (Feb. 13); and a year ago it was 558 (Aug. 13, 2020).

The rolling seven-day average of new cases stands at 844.

In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 7.6 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to an analysis from the Utah Department of Health. The unvaccinated were also 6.7 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 4.9 times more likely to test positive from the coronavirus.

Based on data from the past six-plus months — since Feb. 1 — unvaccinated Utahns are 10.8 times more likely to die of COVID-19, 6.1 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 5.8 times more likely to test positive, according to UDOH.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 8,342 / 3,116,280.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,516,563.

Cases reported in past day • 897.

Deaths reported in past day • Four: A Utah County woman between the ages of 24-44, a Utah County man 45-64, a Salt Lake County woman 45-64, and a Weber County woman 45-64.

Tests reported in past day • 6,670 people were tested for the first time. A total of 11,404 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 354. That’s 34 fewer than on Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 136 are in intensive care, 15 fewer than on Thursday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 13.4%. That’s the same as the seven-day average.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Friday’s rate was 7.9%, lower than the seven-day average of 9.6%

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Totals to date • 444,385 cases; 2,525 deaths; 19,255 hospitalizations; 3,002,720 people tested.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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