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Almost 3,200 more Utahns test positive for COVID-19

23 more die of the coronavirus over the weekend.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) School nurse Karen Thelin tests a student for COVID-19 at American Preparatory Academy in Draper on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

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In the past three days, nearly 3,200 more Utahns tested positive for COVID-19. One in five of those new cases were reported in school-age children.

There were 1,359 cases reported Friday; 1,030 on Saturday; and 796 on Sunday, for a total of 3,176 and a daily average of 1,059, UDOH announced Monday. (The state Health Department no longer issues updates on Saturdays and Sundays.)

The number of tests — and the number of new cases — generally decreases on the weekends, particularly on Sundays.

Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 640 of the new cases announced Monday. There were 304 cases in children aged 5-10; 149 cases in children 11-13; and 187 cases in children 14-18.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,359 per day.

Twenty-three more Utahns died of the coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the total dead since the pandemic began to 2,892.

In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 5.5 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Health Department analysis. The unvaccinated were also 7.8 times more likely to be hospitalized and 6.6 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

An additional 7,733 Utahns were fully vaccinated in the past three days, bringing the total to 1,677,552 — 51.2% of Utah’s total population.

Vaccine doses administered in past three days/total doses administered • 13,885 / 3,430,386.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,677,552.

Cases reported in past three days • 3,176.

Deaths reported in past three days • 23.

Tests reported in past three days • 20,927 people were tested for the first time. A total of 36,638 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past three days • 586. That’s one fewer than Friday. Of those currently hospitalized, 212 are in intensive care — 14 fewer than Friday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 15.2% over the past three days. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 13.8%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Monday’s rate was 8.7%, lower than the seven-day average of 9.8%.

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

Totals to date • 503,874 cases; 2,892 deaths; 21,911 hospitalizations; 3,425,516 people tested.

According to the UDOH, Utah has seen 16,874 “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 — people who contracted the virus two weeks or more after being fully vaccinated. That’s 1% of people who are fully vaccinated.

Of that number, 865 required hospitalization — 0.051% of those fully vaccinated. And there have been 113 deaths — 0.0067% of those fully vaccinated.

This story is developing and will be updated.



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