Data from November 17: 13 more Utahner die of COVID-19, UDOH updates dashboard

The Utah Department of Health reported that 13 other Utahs lost their lives to COVID-19.

The most recent census included an 18- to 24-year-old man from Uintah County. A fatality reported on Nov. 12 was removed from the UDOH, bringing the new total number of Utahners killed by COVID-19 since the pandemic started is 3,398.

Over 2,200 new positive tests have been received since Tuesday, and almost 500 other school-age children tested positive.

Utah counted another day with over 10,000 vaccines administered.

The UDOH also announced the recent changes to its public COVID-19 data dashboard. These include changes to the way race / ethnicity rates are calculated, the addition of data on the number of five to eleven year old children vaccinated, and population estimates.

You can find an overview of the changes made at the end of today’s report.

UDOH REPORTED THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY:

Positive:

  • We will report 579,376 positive cases today. That’s an increase of 2,219 new cases since yesterday.

School-age cases:

  • 495 of the new cases reported today are in school-age children. As of yesterday, we will be reporting 278 cases in children aged 5 to 10 years, 105 cases in children aged 11 to 13 years and 112 cases in children aged 14 to 17 years.

Vaccinations:

  • We’ll report 3,974,270 total vaccines administered, 13,338 more than yesterday.

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated risk ratio:

  • In the past 28 days, unvaccinated people were 16.2 times more likely to die from COVID-19, 10 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, and 4.3 times more Risk of testing positive for COVID-19 as a vaccinated person.
  • As of February 1, 2021, unvaccinated people have a 7.9 times higher risk of dying from COVID-19, 6.7 times higher risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19, and 3.2 – times the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Laboratory tests:

  • We will report 3,863,416 people tested. This is an increase of 12,518 people tested since yesterday.
  • We will report 7,027,216 tests in total. This is an increase of 26,152 tests since yesterday.

Tendencies:

  • The 7-day rolling average for positive tests is 1,674 per day.
  • The 7-day rolling average for the percent positivity of “people over people” is 16.6%. The 7-day rolling average for percent positivity of “tests over tests” is 10.9%.

Hospital stays:

  • There are currently 557 people in the hospital with COVID-19. The total number of hospital admissions since the outbreak began is 25,273.

Deaths:

We will report a total of 3,398 deaths, 13 new deaths since yesterday. A death that occurred on November 12th. Reported – Female, between 25 and 44 years old, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at the time of death, was removed.

  • 1. Female, 65 to 84 years old, resident of Piute County, hospitalized at death
  • 2. Female, 65 to 84 years old, resident of Utah County, resident in long-term care facility
  • 3. Male, ages 15 to 24, resident of Uintah County, unknown if hospitalized at time of death *** not a minor ***
  • 4. Male, between 45 and 64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at death
  • 5. Male, between 65 and 84, Rich County residents, hospitalized at death
  • 6. Male, aged 65 to 84, Salt Lake County residents, hospitalized at death
  • 7. Male, between 65 and 64, residents of Duchesne County, hospitalized at death
  • 8. Female, aged 45 to 64, resident of Box Elder County, hospitalized at death
  • 9. Male, aged 45 to 64, residents of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
  • 10. Male, aged 65 to 84, Salt Lake County residents, hospitalized at death
  • 11. Male, aged 65 to 84, Salt Lake County residents, hospitalized at death
  • 12. Female, 85+, Cache County resident, hospitalized at death
  • 13. Male, 85+ Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death

The following changes have been made to the UDOH COVID-19 public dashboard:

Race / Ethnicity Rates

Population estimates by race and ethnicity (R / E) are used to determine rates for data such as vaccine intake, tests, cases, hospital admissions, and deaths. The populations that UDOH has used are based on an individual’s self-chosen identity and enable people to identify themselves as a particular race or as multiple races combined. However, many of the partners who report vaccine, test, and case data to UDOH do not collect information on multiple races.

This can lead to a scenario where a person with a multi-racial identity is counted twice in the denominator of the population, but only once in the numerator of a race. For example, a person who identifies as both a Black / African American and a Native American / Alaskan would be counted in the denominator for each of these R / E populations. However, if that person is vaccinated, they can only be counted in one R / E population (either Black / African American or American Indian / Alaskan Native). This has resulted in lower rates across all categories of data for racial and ethnic minorities.

To correct this, the UDOH created an R / E population definition that is more closely based on the data collected. This means that the R / E numerator and denominator can be mutually exclusive and ensure that a person is not represented twice in the denominator.

This correction of the data resulted in higher rates of testing and vaccination among all ethnic minority populations, and also higher rates of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in these populations.

For example, prior to this change, the Native American / Alaskan Indians appeared to have the lowest vaccination rates of any racial / ethnic minority population. With today’s change, the Native American / Indigenous peoples of Alaska are now appropriately attributed the highest rate of any racial / ethnic minority population.

UDOH has met with many minority focus groups over the past few weeks, and all believe that the revised data is more in line with lived experiences in their communities. The change provides a more accurate representation of the impact of COVID-19 on communities in Utah and will better inform policy decisions aimed at addressing health inequalities across the state.

5-11 year old vaccination

On the “Schools” tab, 5 to 11 year olds are now represented in the Vaccinations table for young people of school age.

Population estimates

The data dashboard now uses United States Census Bureau population estimates for 2020, as opposed to 2019 estimates. As a result, any measures based on population estimates (such as rates and percentages) will change slightly.

Tuesday’s COVID-19 data:

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COVID-19 resources:

  • For more information on the Utah coronavirus website, including information on vaccinations, click here.
  • For more information on where to get vaccinated in Utah, click here.
  • To learn more from CDC’s COVID-19 website, click here.
  • For COVID-19 data collected worldwide, click here.
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