Another 1,140 COVID-19 cases in Utah and nine more people have died

The state health department reports that 22% of the new cases were school-age children.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sister Sue Day will administer a COVID-19 vaccine to University of Utah student Dev Banerjee in Salt Lake City on Friday, August 20, 2021.

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More than 1,100 other Utahners tested positive for COVID-19 the previous day, and 22% of them were school-age children.

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,140 new cases, including 246 children in grades K-12. There were 97 cases in children aged 5-10 years; 50 cases in children 11-13; and 99 cases in children between the ages of 14 and 18.

The 7-day rolling average for positive tests is 1,108 per day, the highest since February 7th.

Nine other Utahners died of the corona virus, four of them were under 65 years old.

The number of cases is down 344 from a week ago (1,484 on August 17). It is more than twice as much as a month ago (504 on July 24th) and six times as much as it was three months ago (189 on May 24th). There were 833 new cases six months ago (as of February 24); and a year ago there were 402 new cases (08/24/2020).

In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahners were five times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a UDOH analysis. The unvaccinated were also 6.6 times more likely to be hospitalized and 5.9 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Last day, another 2,826 Utahners were fully vaccinated, bringing the total to 1,551,747 – 47.4% of the total Utah population.

According to the UDOH, Utah has seen 8,747 “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 – people who contracted the virus two weeks or more after being fully vaccinated. That’s about one in 177 people who are fully vaccinated.

Of these, 499 were hospitalized, one of about 3,110 fully vaccinated people. And there have been 42 deaths, one in about 36,946 people fully vaccinated.

Vaccine doses administered / total doses administered on the previous day • 5,747 / 3,201,624.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,551,747.

Cases reported on the previous day • 1,140.

Deaths Reported on Last Day • Nine.

There were three deaths in Salt Lake County: two men and one woman, ages 45 to 64.

Two counties reported two deaths each: two men 65-84 in Davis County and one man and one woman 65-84 in Utah County.

The other deaths were a Uintah County man aged 85 and over and a Washington County woman aged 25 to 44.

Tests Reported Last Day • 7,415 people were tested for the first time. A total of 12,554 people were tested.

Hospital stays reported on the previous day • 438. That is seven more than on Monday. Of the current hospital admissions, 177 are in the intensive care unit, four more than on Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate is 15.4%. That’s higher than the 7-day average of 14.8%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same person. Tuesday’s rate was 9.1%, below the 7-day average of 10.5%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Total numbers so far • 455,513 cases; 2,593 deaths; 19,829 hospital stays; 3,076,176 people tested.

Correction: August 24th, 6:33 pm • An earlier version of this story included an incorrect number to describe the change in the number of cases on Tuesday compared to August 17th.

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