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11 more Utahns die of COVID-19, and six of them were under the age of 65

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Students wearing masks, working in Elizabeth Kunz's second grade class at Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.

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Eleven more Utahns have died of COVID-19 in the past day, the Utah Department of Health announced Wednesday. Four of those who died were between the ages of 25 and 44, and two were between 45 and 64.

UDOH reported 1,715 new cases on Friday, which brought the total number of cases recorded statewide to 510,209 since the pandemic began.

Intensive care units in Utah hospitals are at 91.2% capacity, and 45% of patients in ICU beds are hospitalized with COVID-19.

School-age children accounted for 21% of new coronavirus cases, UDOH announced — a total of 362. There were 172 cases in children aged 5 to 10; 94 cases in children 11 to 13; and 96 cases in children 14 to 18.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,360 per day.

In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 5.9 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a UDOH analysis. The unvaccinated also were 7.3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 6.5 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

An additional 2,044 Utahns were fully vaccinated in the past day, bringing the total to 1,685,709 — 51.5% of Utah’s total population.

Vaccine doses administered in past day / total doses administered • 6,924 / 3,478,625.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,685,709.

Cases reported in past day • 1,715.

Deaths reported in past day • 11.

Three Salt Lake County residents died: A man and a woman between the ages of 25-44, and a man 45-64. Utah County also reported three deaths: A woman 25-44, a man 65-84, and a man 85-plus.

Other deaths were a Davis County man 45-64, an Iron County woman 65-84, a Millard County woman 85-plus, a Uintah County man 25-44, and a Weber County man 65-84.

Tests reported in past day • 10,525 people were tested for the first time. A total of 19,152 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 580. That’s 14 more than reported on Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 214 are in intensive care — three more than reported on Thursday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate was 16.3% over the past day. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 14.3%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. The rate reported Tuesday was 9% — 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 • 510,209 cases; 2,943 deaths; 22,222 hospitalizations; 3,453,791 people tested.



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