Utah reports 14 more COVID-19 deaths, almost 4,000 new cases

Almost 6,000 Utah kids ages 5-11 have been vaccinated.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nurse Melanie Bills administers a COVID-19 vaccine to University of Utah student Eddie Overbay in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.

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Almost 4,000 more Utahns tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, and 14 more died of COVID-19.

The Utah Department of Health Department on Monday reported 3,972 new coronavirus cases in the past three days — 2,024 cases were reported on Friday, 804 on Saturday and 1,211 on Sunday for an average of 1,324 per day.

The Health Department no longer reports COVID-19 statistics on weekends. The number of tests and cases generally declines on weekends.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,650 per day. After further testing, 67 cases reported before Oct. 28 were removed from the state’s total since the pandemic began.

An additional 4,417 Utahns were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past four days, bringing the total to 1,764,585 — 53.9% of Utah’s total population. (The Health Department reported fewer people fully vaccinated on Friday than on Thursday. The number was not updated until Monday.)

The Health Department reported that 5,755 children ages 5-11 have gotten a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible — about 1.6% of kids that age in Utah, according to UDOH. Public health officials have said wider availability of the child-sized does is expected this week.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to the Health Department, 88.3% of all ICU beds and 91.4% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. Of all ICU patients, 46.1% are being treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses administered in the past three days/total doses administered • 33,397 / 3,836,532.

Cases reported in past three days • 3,972.

Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 880 of the new cases announced Monday — 22.2% of the total. There were 497 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 202 cases in children 11-13; and 181 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past three days • 23,737 people were tested for the first time. A total of 47,500 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past three days • 14.

There were five deaths in Utah County — a woman and two men between the ages of 45-64, and a man and woman 65-84.

Two Washington County residents died — a woman 45-64, and a man 85-plus. Weber County also reported two deaths — both men 45-64.

Other deaths were a Davis County man 65-84; a San Juan County man 65-84; a Sevier County man 45-64; a Tooele County woman 45-64; and a Uintah County man 45-64.

Hospitalizations reported in the past three days • 566. That is seven fewer than reported on Friday. Of those currently hospitalized, 212 are in intensive care, three more than on Friday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 16.7% over the past three days. That is lower than the seven-day average of 17.8%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Monday’s rate was 8.7%, 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 15.8 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were 10.8 times more likely to be hospitalized and 4.9 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 560,604 cases; 3,300 deaths; 24,623 hospitalizations; 3,780,606 people tested.