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Another 20 Utahns have died from COVID-19, including a young adult in Salt Lake County

For the second week in a row, a Utah adult between the ages of 18 and 24 has died, health officials say.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Shane Carter administers a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru event organized by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

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Twenty more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Utah in the past day, according to the state health department, bringing the death toll to 3,528.

One of the deaths was a woman between the ages of 18 and 24 in Salt Lake County — one week after another woman in that age group died. Since the pandemic began, there have been 20 deaths in the broader 15 to 24 age group. Health officials said the two young women who recently died were both at least 18.

Two of the deaths reported Tuesday were between the ages of 25 and 44, and three were between the ages of 45 and 64.

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,195 new coronavirus cases in the past day, and the rolling seven-day average of new positive cases stands at 1,127.

The number of children getting vaccinated continues to climb — 66,782 children ages 5-11 have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s about 18.3% of kids that age in Utah, according to the health department.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. UDOH reported Tuesday that 91.5% of all ICU beds in Utah and 96.3% 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, 42.9% are being treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 14,486/ 4,136,987.

Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,806,315 — 55.2% of Utah’s total population. That is an increase of 4,561 in the past day.

Cases reported in past day • 1,195.

Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 253 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 21.2% of the total. There were 131 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 53 cases in children 11-13; and 69 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 7,559 people were tested for the first time. A total of 16,349 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • 20. (One of the deaths occurred before Nov. 1, and was confirmed to be the result of COVID-19 after further testing.)

Eight of the deaths occurred in Salt Lake County. In addition to the young woman, the fatalities include a man 45-64, two men and three women 65-84, and a man 85-plus.

Utah County reported three deaths — a woman 25-44, a man 45-64, and a man 65-84.

Two counties each reported two deaths — two men 65-84 in Tooele County, and a man 25-44 and a woman 65-84 in Weber County.

Other deaths were a Beaver County woman 45-64, a Davis County man 85-plus, an Emery County woman 65-84, a Juab County man 65-84, and a Washington County woman 65-84.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 511. That is 14 fewer than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 203 are in intensive care, seven fewer than reported on Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 15.8% in the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 14.5%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 7.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 9.6%.

[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 15.3 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were 10.9 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 4.2 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 595,801 cases; 3,528 deaths; 25,914 hospitalizations; 3,967,874 people tested.




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