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More than 200 Utahns have died of COVID-19 in October alone

There were 10 more coronavirus deaths in the past day, and 1,614 new cases.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nurse Ashley Hafer fills syringes with the Moderna vaccine on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the Utah Film Studios in Park City.

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Ten more Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past day, according to the Utah Department of Health. One of them was between the ages of 25 and 44, and four were 45-64.

In the past week, 54 Utahns have died of the coronavirus. Since the beginning of October, the number of deaths totals 216 — 6.8% of the 3,159 COVID-19 deaths in the Beehive State since the pandemic began. And there are still five more days in the month.

The state’s health department on Tuesday reported 1,614 new coronavirus cases. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,520 per day.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to UDOH, 92.5% of all ICU beds and 94.8% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. Of all ICU patients, 31.1% are being treated for COVID-19.

An additional 2,042 Utahns were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past day, bringing the total to 1,744,521 — 53.3% of Utah’s total population.

Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 12,251 / 3,689,812.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,744,521.

Cases reported in past day • 1,614.

Cases among school age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 324 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 20.1% of the total. There were 155 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 80 cases in children 11-13; and 89 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 7,728 people were tested for the first time. A total of 15,977 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • 10.

There were three deaths in Washington County: Two men between the ages of 45-64, and one man 65-84.

Two Box Elder County residents died: A woman 45-64, and a man 65-84.

Other deaths were: A Salt Lake County woman 85-plus, a Davis County woman 45-64, a Morgan County man 65-84, a Tooele County man 65-84, and a Weber County woman 25-44.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 524. That is six fewer than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 198 are in intensive care — four more than reported Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 20.9% over the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 16.8%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 10.1%, lower than the seven-day average of 11%.

[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 16.1 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a UDOH analysis. The unvaccinated also were 10.7 times more likely to be hospitalized and 5.4 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 544,145 cases; 3,159 deaths; 23,778 hospitalizations; 3,667,771 people tested.



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