Utah reports a dozen more deaths and 920 new cases of COVID-19

A “reporting data issue” means no updated vaccine numbers are available.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dr. Diane Gilles takes a handful of syringes filled with the Moderna vaccine to be given to people on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at a pop-up clinic at the Utah Film Studios in Park City.

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On Tuesday, the Utah Department of Health reported 920 new coronavirus cases in the past day. The rolling seven-day average of new cases stands at 1,107.

There were 12 more deaths over the past day, the health department reported. Seven of them were people who were under the age of 65 — one between the ages of 25-44, and six who were 45-64.

Five of the deaths reported Tuesday occurred before Nov. 14 and were only recently confirmed to have been the result of the coronavirus after further testing.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. UDOH reported Tuesday that 97.1% of all ICU beds in Utah and 99.3% 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, 39.5% are being treated for COVID-19.

According to the health department, it is “working through a data reporting issue” and is “unable to report vaccine data” Tuesday. As a result, there are no new numbers to report on the number of vaccines administered in the past day or the number of Utahns fully vaccinated.

Cases reported in the past day • 920.

Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 148 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 16.1% of the total. There were 64 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 43 cases in children 11-13; and 41 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 7,847 people were tested for the first time. A total of 15,916 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • 12.

There were four deaths in Salt Lake County: A man and a woman between the ages of 45-64, a woman 65-84, and a woman 85-plus.

Washington County reported three deaths: A man 25-44, a man 45-64, and a man 65-84. There were two deaths in Davis County: A woman 45-64, and a woman 65-84.

The other deaths were a Utah County man 45-64, a Weber County woman 85-plus, and another woman 85-plus whose county of residence was not reported.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 498. That is five fewer than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 200 are in intensive care, four fewer than reported on Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 11.7% in the past day. That is lower than the seven-day average of 14%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 5.8%, lower than the seven-day average of 9.4%.

[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 14.6 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were 9.3 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 3.6 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 614,270 cases; 3,673 deaths; 26,752 hospitalizations; 4,093,470 people tested.