963 more Utahns test positive for COVID-19

The number of residents fully vaccinated rises by just 3,061.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Bailey Weems prepares doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during a free COVID-19 clinic at Red Iguana 2 in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.

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Close to 1,000 more Utahns contract COVID-19 while the number of those fully vaccinated against the coronavirus continues to rise at a relatively slow pace — just over 3,000 in the past day.

The Utah Department of Health did not report deaths on Tuesday because of “a complication with the fatality data file transfer.” Monday’s deaths will be reported on Wednesday, along with Tuesday’s deaths.

The case count is 148 higher than it was one week ago (1,111 on Aug. 10). It’s more than twice what it was a month ago (513 on July 17), and more than four times what it was three months ago (255 on May 17). Six months ago it was 1,148 (Feb. 17); and a year ago it was 262 (Aug. 17, 2020).

The rolling seven-day average of new cases stands at 950. The last time it was that high was mid-February.

In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were five 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 6.5 times more likely to be hospitalized, and five times more likely to test positive from the coronavirus.

An additional 3,061 Utahns were fully vaccinated in the past day, bringing the total to 1,527,283 — 46.7% of Utah’s total population.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 7,964 / 3,145,877.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,527,283.

Cases reported in past day • 963.

Tests reported in past day • 7,151 people were tested for the first time. A total of 13,055 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 382. That’s three more than on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 155 are in intensive care, five more than on Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 13.5%. 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. Tuesday’s rate was 7.4%, 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 • 447,771 cases; 2,537 deaths; 19,429 hospitalizations; 3,026,931 people tested.

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