Utah reports 1,250 new coronavirus cases

Another 11 Utahns have died of COVID-19.

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The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday reported 11 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,250 new coronavirus cases in the past day.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,452 per day.

An additional 1,878 Utahns were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past day, bringing the total to 1,756,465 — 53.7% of Utah’s total population.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to the Health Department, 89.8% of all ICU beds and 92.7% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. Of all ICU patients, 44.9% are being treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 12,056 / 3,771,087.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,756,465.

Cases reported in past day • 1,250.

Cases among school age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 242 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 19.4% of the total. There were 129 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 56 cases in children 11-13; and 57 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 7,009 people were tested for the first time. A total of 14,330 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • 11.

There were three deaths in Salt Lake County — a man 25-44, along with a man and a woman 65-84. There were also three deaths in Weber County — a man 45-64, as well as a woman 65-84 and a man 85-plus.

Two Davis County residents died — a man and a woman 65-84.

And three counties each reported one death — an Emery County woman 65-84; an Iron County woman 65-84; and a Washington County man 65-84.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 532. That is two fewer than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 210 are in intensive care, unchanged from Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 17.3% over the past three days. That is higher than the seven-day average of 17.5%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 7.7%, lower than the seven-day average of 11.5%.

[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 15.6 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were 10.5 times more likely to be hospitalized and 5.1 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 554,311 cases; 3,248 deaths; 24,226 hospitalizations; 3,723,126 people tested.