Utah reports 16 more COVID-19 deaths, including a young woman

Nine of the latest coronavirus victims were under the age of 65.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lindsay Brown prepares 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. In the first week of December, 77 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Utah — an average of 11 per day.

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Utah’s COVID-19 death toll continues to rise by double-digits. The state Health Department on Wednesday reported the deaths of 16 more residents of the Beehive State.

In the first week of December, 77 deaths have been reported — an average of 11 per day.

Of the deaths reported Wednesday, nine people were under the age of 65. One was a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 18-24. Three were between the ages of 25-44, and five were between the ages of 45-64, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The Health Department also reported 1,423 new coronavirus cases in the past day. The rolling seven-day average of new cases stands at 1,416.

The number of children getting vaccinated continues to climb — 77.027 children ages 5-11 have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s 21.1% of kids within that age range in Utah, according to the Health Department.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. UDOH reported Wednesday that 93.1% of all ICU beds in Utah and 97.5% 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% are being treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 19,764 / 4,273,903.

Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,845,288 1,839,828 — 56.4% of Utah’s total population. That is an increase of 5,460 in the past day.

Cases reported in the past day • 1,423.

Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 240 of the new cases announced Wednesday — 16.9% of the total. There were 126 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 46 cases in children 11-13; and 86 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 10,920 people were tested for the first time. A total of 22,128 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • 16.

There were six deaths in Salt Lake County. In addition to the woman between the ages of 18-24, there were two men 25-44, two men 45-64, and a woman 85 or older who died.

Two Davis County residents died — a man and a woman 65-84.

Eight counties each reported a single death — a man 65-84 in Box Elder County; a man 65-84 in Cache County; a man 45-64 in Carbon County; a man 45-64 in Davis County; a man 25-44 in Iron County; a man 46-64 in Utah County; a woman 65-84 in Washington County; and a woman 65-84 in Weber County.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 521. That is five more than reported on Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 199 are in intensive care, eight fewer than reported on Tuesday. And 41% of patients in ICUs are being treated for COVID-19.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 13% in the past day. That is lower than the seven-day average of 15.7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 6.4%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.4%.

[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 15.9 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were 9.3 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 3.5 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 607,954 cases; 3,622 deaths; 26,416 hospitalizations; 4,047,065 people tested.