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Fifteen more Utahns have died of COVID-19 in the past day, including a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 18-24.
The state’s coronavirus death toll has now reached 3,457 since the pandemic began, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The Health Department also reported 1,153 new coronavirus cases in the past day. The rolling seven-day average of new positive cases stands at 1,523.
The number of children getting vaccinated continues to climb — 59,073 children ages 5-11 have gotten a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s about 16.2% of kids that age in Utah, according to the Health Department.
Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. The Health Department reported Tuesday that 88.7% of all ICU beds in Utah and 91.4% of ICU beds in larger medical centers in the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any figure over 85% to be functionally full). Of all ICU patients, 47% are being treated for COVID-19.
Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 16,198 / 4,061,048.
Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,793,199. That’s an increase of 1,058 in the past day.
Cases reported in past day • 1,153.
Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 233 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 20.2% of the total. There were 141 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 38 cases in children 11-13; and 54 cases in children 14-18.
Tests reported in past day • 7,347 people were tested for the first time. A total of 16,458 people were tested.
Deaths reported in past day • 15.
Six of those who died were Salt Lake County residents — the woman between the ages of 18-24, a man 45-64, a man and a woman 65-84, and two men 85 or older.
Four men died in Utah County — two 65-84, and two 85 or older.
Cache County reported two deaths — both women 65-84. The others who died were all men 65-84 — one in Iron County, one in Rich County, and one in Washington County
Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 536. That is nine more than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 217 are in intensive care, six more than reported on Monday.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 15.7% in the past day. That is lower than the seven-day average of 16.6%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 7%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.6%.
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 9.8 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 4.2 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
Totals to date • 587,911 cases; 3,457 deaths; 25,573 hospitalizations; 3,915,515 people tested.