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Utah reports more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases

Another 23 Utahns have died of COVID-19.

(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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Another 23 Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past three days, according to the Utah Department of Health, bringing Utah’s death toll to 3,090 since the pandemic began.

One person who died was between the ages of 25-44, and eight who died were 45-64, the Health Department reported.

The Health Department on Monday also reported 3,036 new coronavirus cases over the weekend — 1,329 cases reported on Friday, 1,092 on Saturday and 639 on Sunday for an average of 1,012. The Health Department no longer reports COVID-19 statistics on weekends. The number of tests and cases generally declines on weekends, particularly on Sundays.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,247 per day.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to the Health Department, 89.3% of all ICU beds and 93.7% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. Of all ICU patients, 42.4% are being treated for COVID-19.

An additional 4,014 Utahns were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the total to 1,726,946. — 52.8% of Utah’s total population.

Vaccine doses administered in past three days/total doses administered • 12,731 / 3,618,152.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,726,946.

Cases reported in past three days • 3,036.

Cases among school age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 608 of the new cases announced Monday — 20% of the tally. There were 298 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 125 cases in children 11-13; and 185 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past three days • 18,891 people were tested for the first time. A total of 35,550 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past three days • 23.

There were seven deaths in Salt Lake County — a man and a woman between the ages of 45-64, and a woman and four men between the ages of 65-84.

Davis County reported four deaths — a man 45-64, and a woman and two men 85 or older.

Three Washington County residents died — a man 25-44, a man 45-64, and a man 65-84. There were also three deaths in Weber County — two women 45-64, and a woman 65-84.

Utah County reported two deaths — both men 65-84. And four counties each reported a single death — a Carbon County man 45-64; an Iron County man 65-84; a Millard County woman 65-84; and a Tooele County man 45-64.

Hospitalizations reported in the past three days • 517. That is 42 fewer than reported on Friday. Of those currently hospitalized, 197 are in intensive care — 12 fewer than reported Friday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 16.1% over the past three days. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 15.5%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Monday’s rate was 8.5%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.2%.

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

Risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 13.1 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a UDOH analysis. The unvaccinated also were 11.1 times more likely to be hospitalized and six times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 532,183 cases; 3,090 deaths; 23,266 hospitalizations; 3,601,640 people tested.

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