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Utah reports 13 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,330 new cases

Six of those who died were under the age of 65.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nurse Ashley Hafer fills syringes with the Moderna vaccine for people lined up on Thursday, March 18, 2021, as the Utah Film Studios loans its space to the Summit County Health Department as a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination station.

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Thirteen more Utahns have died of COVID-19 in the past day, and six of them were under the age of 65, the Utah Department of Health announced Tuesday.

There were 1,330 new cases, which brought the total number of cases recorded statewide to 505,004 since the pandemic began.

UDOH did not update vaccination data on Tuesday because of a “database error,” according to a news release.

Intensive care units in Utah hospitals are at 89% capacity, and 46% of those in ICU beds are hospitalized with COVID-19.

School-age children accounted for 18.5% of new coronavirus cases, the state Health Department announced — a total of 209. There were 91 cases in children aged 5 to 10; 49 cases in children 11 to 13; and 69 cases in children 14 to 18.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,330 per day.

In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 5.8 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a state Health Department analysis. The unvaccinated also were 7.6 times more likely to be hospitalized and 6.5 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Vaccine doses administered in past day / total doses administered • 13,885 / 3,430,386. (No update reported Tuesday because of a database error, according to the state Health Department.)

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,677,552. (No update reported Tuesday because of the database error.)

Cases reported in past day • 1,130.

Deaths reported in past day • 13.

Five Utah County residents died — a man between the ages of 45-64; a man and two women 65-84; and a man 85-plus.

Salt Lake County reported two deaths — a woman 45-64 and a man 65-84.

Other deaths were a Box Elder County woman 45-64; an Emery County woman 45-64; an Iron County woman 45-64; a Millard County woman 65-84; a Washington County man 45-64; and a Weber County woman 65-84.

Tests reported in past day • 7,637 people were tested for the first time. A total of 14,794 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 581. That’s five fewer than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 213 are in intensive care — one more than reported on Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate was 14.8% over the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 13.7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. The rate reported Tuesday was 7.6% — 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 • 505,004 cases; 2,905 deaths; 22,017 hospitalizations; 3,433,153 people tested.



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