Utah reports more than 1,600 new coronavirus cases, 10 deaths

An additional 3,716 Utahns were fully vaccinated in the past day.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) A vial of saline and the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine at the Woods Cross High School pop-up clinic by Nomi Health, April 27, 2021.

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Ten more Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past day, according to the Utah Department of Health, bringing Utah’s death toll to 3,128 since the pandemic began.

The Health Department on Friday reported 1,619 new coronavirus cases. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,381 per day.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to the Health Department, 95.8% of all ICU beds and 99.1% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. Of all ICU patients, 38.9% are being treated for COVID-19.

An additional 3,716 Utahns were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past day, bringing the total to 1,737,528 — 53.1% of Utah’s total population.

Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 13,417 / 3,656,641.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,737,528.

Cases reported in past day • 1,619.

Cases among school age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 329 of the new cases announced Friday — 20.3% of the total. There were 177 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 78 cases in children 11-13; and 74 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 9,593 people were tested for the first time. A total of 18,978 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • 10.

Salt Lake County reported three deaths — a woman between the ages of 65-84, and two women 85 or older.

Two Utah County residents died — a man 65-84 and a man 85 or older. And two Box Elder County residents died — a man and a woman 65-84.

The other deaths were a Carbon County woman 45-64; a Davis County man 65-84; and an Iron County man 65-84.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 530. That is 22 fewer than reported on Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 194 are in intensive care — two fewer than reported Thursday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 16.9% over the past day. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 15.9%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Thursday’s rate was 8.5%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.4%.

[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 14.6 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Health Department analysis. The unvaccinated also were 10.8 times more likely to be hospitalized and 5.5 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 538,895 cases; 3,128 deaths; 23,531 hospitalizations; 3,638,686 people tested.

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