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More than 1,200 Utahns tested positive for COVID-19 in the past day — and the rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,274 per day. That’s the highest that number has been since Feb. 2.
The Utah Department of Health reported 1,218 new cases on Monday, and 270 of those cases were among kids in grades K-12. There were 102 cases in children ages 5-10; 65 cases in children 11-13; and 103 cases in children 14-18.
Seven more Utahns died of the coronavirus in the past day. Two of them were under the age of 65, and one was under the age of 45.
The case count is down 361 compared to one week ago (1,579, on Aug. 24). It is 1 1/2 times what it was a month ago (787, on July 31), and almost 11 times what it was three months ago (113, on May 31). Six months ago, there were 263 new cases (on Feb. 28); and a year ago, there were 289 new cases (Aug. 31, 2020).
In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 5.1 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a UDOH analysis. The unvaccinated were also six times more likely to be hospitalized, and 5.1 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
An additional 3,570 Utahns were fully vaccinated in the past day, bringing the total to 1,579,076 — 48.3% of Utah’s total population.
Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 6,579 / 3,256,308.
Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,579,076.
Cases reported in past day • 1,218.
Deaths reported in past day • Seven.
There were three deaths in Salt Lake County: a woman between the ages of 65 and 84 and two men 85-plus.
Utah County also reported three deaths: a man 25-44 and two men 65-84.
A Weber County woman 45-64 also died.
Tests reported in past day • 9,250 people were tested for the first time. A total of 14,409 people were tested.
Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 485. That’s 20 more than on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 186 are in intensive care, eight more than on Monday.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 13.2%. That’s lower than the seven-day average of 14.9%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 8.5%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.7%.
Totals to date • 464,422 cases; 2,634 deaths; 20,203 hospitalizations; 3,139,227 people tested.
According to the UDOH, Utah has seen 10,318 “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 — people who contracted the virus two weeks or more after being fully vaccinated. That’s 0.65% of people who are fully vaccinated.
Only 567 of those people required hospitalization — 0.035% of those fully vaccinated. And there have been 52 deaths — 0.0033% of those fully vaccinated.