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About one in every 10 Utah children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Utah Department of Health reported — less than two weeks after it first became available for young children.
UDOH reported Monday that 36,774 children ages 5-11 have gotten a dose of the vaccine; that’s about 10% of kids that age in Utah.
More than 4,500 Utahns tested positive for COVID-19 over the last three days — and 26 more people in the state have died from it, UDOH reported.
The health department reported 4,502 new coronavirus cases in the past three days — 2,044 new coronavirus cases on Friday, 1,310 on Saturday and 1,162 on Sunday, for an average of just over 1,505 per day. (Fourteen cases, all listed before Friday, were removed from the state’s tally.) The department no longer reports COVID-19 statistics on weekends. The number of tests and confirmed cases generally declines on weekends.
Of the 26 people who died, six were between the ages of 25 and 44, and eight were between 45 and 64.
The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,634 per day, UDOH reported.
Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to the health department, 92.1% of all ICU beds and 95.2% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. (Hospitals consider anything above 85% to be functionally full.) Of all ICU patients, 45% are being treated for COVID-19.
Vaccine doses administered in the past three days/total doses administered • 41,783 / 3,945,813.
Cases reported in past three days • 4,502.
Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 1,080 of the new cases announced Monday — 24% of the total. There were 590 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 245 cases in children 11-13; and 245 cases in children 14-18.
Hospitalizations reported in the past three days • 558. That is 20 more than reported on Friday. Of those currently hospitalized, 216 are in intensive care, one fewer than reported on Friday.
Tests reported in past three days • 25,715 people were tested for the first time. A total of 54,184 people were tested.
Deaths reported in past three days • 26.
UDOH reported that five Salt Lake County residents, all men, died from COVID-19: two were between the ages of 25 and 44, one was 45-64, one was 65-84, and one was 85 or older.
Five men from Washington County have died: One 25-44, two 45-64, and two 65-84.
Three Weber County residents — two women, each 45-64, and a man 65-84 — have died.
Two Davis County men have died: One 25-44, the other 65-84. Two men from Millard County — one 45-64, the other 65-84 — have died.
Two residents of Tooele County have died: A woman 65-84, and a man 85 or older. Two Utah county residents have died: A man 25-44, and a woman 65-84.
The other deaths reported: A Box Elder County man 45-64, a Carbon County man 45-64, a Kane County man 65-84, a Sanpete County woman 25-44, and a Wasatch County man 65-84.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 17.5% over the past three days. That is higher than the seven-day average of 16.7%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. The rate for the past three days was 8.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.9%.
Risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 19 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to an analysis by the Utah Department of Health. The unvaccinated also were 11.7 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 4.8 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
Totals to date • 576,009 cases; 3,373 deaths; 25,082 hospitalizations; 3,844,288 people tested.