Delta variant causes an increase in cases in unvaccinated Utahners

The CDC has ranked states based on vaccination rates, new cases, and hospital admissions, and Utah is not doing well overall. Although, like so much else, your risk has a lot to do with your location and the decisions of the people around you.

The latest report, released last week, puts Utah 44th out of 52 for vaccination rates, 46th for new cases, and 49th for hospital admissions rate.

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The COVID we are getting has also changed. For the week of May 15, the UK alpha variant accounted for 65 percent of the sequenced cases in Utah. In the first week of July, the Delta variant accounted for 91 percent of the sequenced cases in Utah.

The counties with the highest number of cases: Uintah with 543 per 100,000 in the last 14 days, Carbon with 328 and Juab with 325. The national case rate is 203 per 100,000.

All three counties have low vaccination rates: 32 percent of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated in Juab County, 43 percent in Carbon County, and 36 percent in Uintah County. Nationwide, 56 percent of Utahns 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

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Since almost half of all Utahners are fully vaccinated, breakthrough cases (fully vaccinated people test positive) account for 14 percent of the total. If one takes into account the fact that vaccinated Utahns are generally older and have more health risks than unvaccinated ones, the number shows a high rate of effectiveness.

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