Utah reports 1,493 COVID cases, 17 additional deaths

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health announced Friday that 17 more Utahners have died of COVID-19 and 1,493 residents tested positive for the virus.

Of these cases, 287 (19.22%) were among children of school age.

  • 158 cases in children aged 5-10 years
  • 61 cases in children aged 11-13 years
  • 68 cases in children aged 14-18

Currently, 559 Utah sufferers are being hospitalized for the virus, and the intensive care units are in the 16 hospitals of the reference center in Utah, where the majority of COVID-19 patients are treated 96.1% full – above the state threshold for “functionally full” of 85%.

Hospital admissions are down 65 from Wednesday when a record 624 Utahners were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Utah’s previous record of 604 COVID-19 hospital admissions was set on December 4, 2020.

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The 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 1,288 – up from 1,399 on Tuesday and 1,376 last Monday.

An additional 10,304 doses of vaccine have been administered since Thursday, adding to the total number of vaccine doses administered in the state 3,605.421.

According to UDOH, over 1.72 million Utahners are now fully vaccinated and over 1.92 million have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fully approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson has filed for emergency approval for a booster of its vaccine.

“The vaccine has been shown to be safe and highly effective since it was first used in an emergency last December. Full FDA approval is the final step in a rigorous regulatory process to confirm the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness, ”said UDOH officials. “The FDA’s announcement should put confidence in anyone who may have been reluctant to receive the vaccine while it was being used in an emergency. We strongly recommend that you get vaccinated and help end the pandemic. We also strongly recommend healthcare providers who have not yet offered COVID-19 vaccines in their practice to take the necessary steps to register as vaccine providers as soon as possible. “

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated risk ratios

UDOH said it updated how the department calculates risk ratios on its data dashboard.

“We are now reporting age-adjusted risk ratios,” said UDOH officials. “This is an important update that more accurately reflects the risk to the general population. The change results in higher risk rates for unvaccinated people of being hospitalized and dying. This is because the previous method, which was not age-adjusted, skewed data on older adults who are more likely to be vaccinated and hospitalized or die of COVID-19 than younger people. By adjusting the age, we better reflect the true risk for all Utahners. “

In the past 28 days, unvaccinated people had a 12.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, an 11.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19, and a 6.2- times higher risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

As of February 1, unvaccinated people have an 8.9 times higher risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.7 times higher risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19, and a 4.0- times higher risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

(UDOH)

Testing

UDOH reports that 3,582,749 people have been tested – 9,296 more than Thursday. Of these, 529,147 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 – an increase of 1,493 new cases.

The 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 1,288 – up from 1,399 on Tuesday and 1,376 last Monday.

(UDOH)

By June 1, the 7-day rolling average in Utah had dropped to 200 cases.

The 7-day rolling average for percent positivity for “people over people” remained at 15.7%, while the 7-day rolling average for percent positivity for “tests over tests” remained at 10.4%.

Vaccinations

The state administered 3,605.421 Total vaccine doses as of Friday, an increase of 10,304 from Thursday’s numbers.

By Friday, over 1.92 million Utahners had received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.72 million Utahners were fully vaccinated.

Over 4.21 million vaccines have been shipped to Utah.

Hospital stays

Currently 559 people are being hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 209 of them are in intensive care units.

Utah’s ICUs were 92.9% full and the ICU beds in Utah’s referral centers were 96.1% full as of Friday – above the state’s occupancy threshold or the 85% “functionally full” mark.

Forty percent of intensive use in Utah is due to COVID-19 patients.

(UDOH)

“With an overall intensive care utilization rate of about 69%, the intensive care units in Utah’s major hospitals that are able to provide the best care for COVID-19 patients are reaching their manpower,” UDOH officials said. “72 percent of usage in all hospitals and 77 percent in hospitals with referral centers place a heavy burden on the health system. When the capacity of 85% is reached, Utah will functionally no longer have any occupied intensive care beds, which indicates an overburdened hospital system. “

Deaths

As of Friday, the virus had killed 3,067 residents in the state.

The following deaths were reported on Friday:

  • Male, between 65 and 84, residents of Uintah County, hospitalized at the time of death
  • Female, older than 85, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
  • Male, between 65 and 84, residents of Kane County, hospitalized at the time of death
  • Male, between 65 and 84, Utah County residents, hospitalized at death
  • Male, older than 85, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
  • Female, between 45 and 64, residents of Tooele County, hospitalized at the time of death
  • Male, between 65 and 84, residents of Washington County, hospitalized at death
  • Male, between 45 and 64, residents of Cache County, hospitalized at death
  • Female, aged 65 to 84, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
  • Female, between 25 and 44, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
  • Male, between 65 and 84, Weber County residents, hospitalized at death
  • Female, aged 45 to 64, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at death
  • Male, between 45 and 64, residents of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at the time of death
  • Male, between 45 and 64, residents of Utah County, hospitalized at the time of death
  • Male, between 45 and 64, residents of Kane County, hospitalized at the time of death
  • Male, between 65 and 84, residents of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at the time of death
  • Female, between 25 and 44, resident of Weber County, hospitalized at death

Nationwide numbers

Coronavirus resources

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How do I stop it?

The CDC has a few simple recommendations, most of which are the same, for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • To be vaccinated
  • Avoid close contact with people who may be ill
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC recommends that Americans continue to wear fabric face covers in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to follow (such as grocery stores and pharmacies).

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