Utah confirms 3,176 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths since Friday

University of Utah freshman Daniel Wray wipes off a rapid COVID-19 test at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 20, 2020. Utah health officials confirmed 3,176 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths over the weekend. (Steve Griffin, Desert News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah health officials confirmed 3,176 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths over the weekend.

Cases Confirmed Daily:

  • Friday: 1.359
  • Saturday: 1.030
  • Sunday: 796

Nine previously reported cases were removed from state totals after data analysis.

640 of the most recent cases are school-age children – 304 cases were 5 to 10 years old, 149 cases were 11 to 13 years old, and 187 were 14 to 18 years old, according to a daily update from the Utah Department of Health.

The 7-day rolling average for positive tests is 1,359 per day, and the average percentage of positive people tested is 13.8%.

Health care workers have administered 13,885 doses of vaccine since Friday’s report, bringing the total doses administered in Utah to 3,430,386.

Some areas of the state began opening their COVID-19 booster clinics to those who had received their first two doses of the vaccine at least six months ago.

In Davis County, the local health department reopened its convenient drive-through vaccine clinic at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington on Monday. The clinic offers the Pfizer booster vaccination as well as the initial vaccine doses to anyone eligible.

The booster is now available to Utahns 65 and older, residents in long-term care facilities, those ages 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions based on individual health benefits and risks, and those ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk , available for COVID-19 exposure and transmission, “Davis Department of Health said in a press release.

This week the clinic is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and cans are only available by appointment. Appointments can be made online at webportal.daviscountyutah.gov.

Davis County’s Department of Health spokesman Trevor Warner said Monday’s appointments were filling quickly and Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be filled as soon as the news broke.

He said he believes the majority of the appointments are likely to be people receiving booster shots – and the health department expects to serve anyone from across the valley.

“I think that’s something we expect. People have a very high opinion of what we did for this clinic the first time. They like the fact that they can stay in their cars and not really too much do have.” because it’s a pretty straightforward process, and I’m assuming we’ll see exactly what we did on the first run where we can get people from other districts to get through, “Warner said.

He said this is something the department doesn’t mind since it’s there to help people – but they have to make an appointment.

On June 26, the clinic had previously been closed in the summer. The reopening required a huge hiring boost and this first week will be used as a training phase.

But the clinic will likely give between 800 and 1,200 syringes a day this week. If the hours are expanded later as planned, they will have the capacity to fire 1,500 to 1,800 shots a day if all the dates are allotted, Warner said.

Walgreens stores in Salt Lake are now also offering the booster shot for those eligible. The company urges patients to have their flu shot and booster vaccine at the same time, and appointments are available for a walk-in.

Appointments can also be made at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine or by calling 1-800-Walgreens.

According to the state health ministry, unvaccinated residents were 5.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19, 7.8 times more likely to be hospitalized for the disease, and one in the past 28 days 6.6 times higher risk of testing positive for COVID -19 than vaccinated people.

As of February 1, unvaccinated people are 4.1 times more likely to die from COVID-19, 5.0 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 4.2 times more likely to be positive To test for COVID-19 as vaccinated, as the data shows.

Of the 3,176 cases reported since Friday, 637 were “breakthrough cases,” meaning they had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks ago. The state also confirmed 31 new groundbreaking hospital admissions and six groundbreaking deaths, according to the data.

Since vaccines were made available to the public earlier this year, the state has confirmed 16,874 breakthrough cases, 865 breakthrough hospital admissions, and 113 breakthrough deaths. Cases are counted as a breakthrough if patients were fully vaccinated for the coronavirus more than two weeks before testing positive.

586 patients were hospitalized with the coronavirus in the state on Monday, a decrease of one since Friday.

Recent deaths include:

  • Box Elder County woman aged 45 to 64 who was hospitalized after her death.
  • An Emery County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • Three Salt Lake County women, 65-84, two of whom were hospitalized and one of whom was not.
  • Three Salt Lake County men older than 85, one of whom was in long-term care, one was hospitalized, and one was not hospitalized.
  • Three Salt Lake County men, 65-84, all hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44 years old, was hospitalized.
  • A Sanpete County woman, 65-84, was hospitalized.
  • A Tooele County woman, 65-84, was hospitalized.
  • A Uintah County man, older than 85, was hospitalized.
  • A man from Uintah County, 65-84, was hospitalized.
  • A man from Utah County, 65-84, resident of a long-term care facility.
  • A Utah County man, 45-64, was hospitalized.
  • Two Utah County men, 65-84, were hospitalized.
  • A 65-84-year-old Utah County woman was hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 65-84, was hospitalized.
  • A Weber County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.

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