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Utah reports 13 more COVID-19 deaths

The Utah Department of Health reported another 1,238 cases, and ICUs are still over 90% full.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is prepared by Nomi Health during a vaccination event at the Utah State Prison in Draper on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

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Thirteen more Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past day, bringing the state’s total death toll to 3,386, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The Health Department on Tuesday also reported 1,238 new coronavirus cases in the past day. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,592 per day.

One of those who died was between the ages of 25 and 44; four who died were between 45 and 64.

The number of children getting vaccinated continues to climb — 41,029 children ages 5-11 have gotten a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible. That’s about 11.2% of kids that age in Utah, according to the Health Department.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to the health department, 90.4% of all ICU beds and 92.7% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. (Hospitals consider anything above 85% to be functionally full.) Of all ICU patients, 46.1% are being treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 15,119 / 3,960,932.

Cases reported in past day • 1,238.

Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 276 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 22.3% of the total. There were 141 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 60 cases in children 11-13; and 75 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 6,610 people were tested for the first time. A total of 14,280 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • 13.

Four of the deaths came from Salt Lake County: A man between the ages of 25 and 44, a woman 45-64, and two women 65-84.

UDOH reported the deaths of three Utah County residents: Two women 45-64, and a man 85 or older.

Three Davis County residents — a man 45-64 and two women 65-84 — were among the deaths reported.

Also among the deaths reported: A Tooele County man 85 or older, a Washington County man 65-84, and a Weber County man 85 or older.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 569. That is 11 more than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 217 are in intensive care, one more than reported on Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 18.7% over the past day. 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. Monday’s rate was 8.7%, 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 20.1 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were 11.4 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 4.7 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date: 577,247 cases; 3,386 deaths; 25,182 hospitalizations; 3,850,898 people tested.



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