This Is How Many People Have Died From COVID-19 In Utah

2021-10-17

An estimated 712,874 Americans have died since the first COVID-19 death was reported in the US on February 29, 2020 – and as the Delta variant spreads, that number continues to increase.

Adjusted for the population, there were a total of 218 COVID-19 deaths for every 100,000 Americans nationwide. Coronavirus deaths per capita are less common in Utah than nationwide. Across the state, 3,025 people have died from the coronavirus, the equivalent of about 96 deaths for every 100,000 people. Utah has the fifth lowest death rate per capita of any state – and Washington DC.

A variety of factors contribute to the variability in COVID-19 deaths per capita in the United States. One of them is the per capita infection rate. Although the number of per capita deaths attributable to the virus is lower in Utah than it is nationwide, per capita COVID-19 infections are not.

To date, there have been 524,556 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah, which equates to 16,594 infections per 100,000 people – compared to 13,544 infections per 100,000 people across the country.

While this is not always the case, states with above-average per capita COVID-19 deaths are also often home to larger, high-risk populations. One such group is retirement-age Americans who are at least 90 times more likely to die from the virus if infected than those in the 18-29 year old age group. In Utah, 11.4% of the population is 65 years and older. Nationwide, 16.5% of the population fall into this age group.

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