Utah reports 3,300 new coronavirus cases

Eight more Utahns have died of COVID-19.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spencer Lowe administers a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru event organized by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

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In the past three days, nearly 3,300 more Utahns tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Utah Department of Health. Four more cases from before Oct. 1 that were only only recently confirmed as COVID-19 were also added to the total.

There were 1,369 cases reported Friday; 1,082 on Saturday; and 845 on Sunday, for a total of 3,300 and a daily average of 1,100, 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 695 of the new cases announced Monday. There were 374 cases in children aged 5-10; 142 cases in children 11-13; and 179 cases in children 14-18.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,376 per day.

Eight more Utahns died of the coronavirus in the past three days. For of them were under the age of 65, and one was under the age of 45.

In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 6.7 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Health Department analysis. The unvaccinated also were 7.1 times more likely to be hospitalized and 6.4 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

An additional 9,982 Utahns were fully vaccinated in the past three days, bringing the total to 1,695,691 — 51.8% of Utah’s total population.

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

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,695,691.

Cases reported in past three days • 3,296.

Deaths reported in past three days • Eight.

There were three deaths in Salt Lake County — a man and a woman between the ages of 65-84 and a man 85-plus.

Utah County reported two deaths — a man 45-64 and a man 65-84.

Other deaths were a man 45-64 in Davis County; a man 25-44 in Washington County; and a woman 45-64 in Weber County

Tests reported in past three days • 21,233 people were tested for the first time. A total of 38,268 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past three days • 549. That’s 31 fewer than Friday. Of those currently hospitalized, 215 are in intensive care — one more than Friday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 15.5% over the past three days. That’s about the same as the seven-day average of 15.3%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Monday’s rate was 8.6%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.3%.

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

Totals to date • 513,509 cases; 2,951 deaths; 22,374 hospitalizations; 3,217,671 people tested.

Note: The Utah Department of Health incorrectly reported the total number of deaths, the toal number of hospitalizations, and the number of tests over the past three days. Those numbers, along with the positivity rates, have been corrected.

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