Utah reports more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths

School-age children accounted for more than 1 in 5 new coronavirus cases.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Syringes for Utah County residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at a former shop co-op in Spanish Fork, Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

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According to the Utah Department of Health, eight other Utah residents died of COVID-19 last day. Two were between 25 and 44 years old, one between 45 and 64 years old.

The health department reported 1,253 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. The 7-day rolling average for positive tests is 1,311 per day.

The intensive care units in the state remain almost at full capacity. According to the Utah Department of Health, 96.2% of all ICU beds and 98.2% of ICU beds are occupied in major medical centers. Of all intensive care patients, 42.5% suffer from COVID-19.

Last day, an additional 2,371 Utahners were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,720,020 – 52.6% of the total Utah population.

Vaccine doses given / total doses given on the previous day • 9,041 / 3,595,117.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,720,020.

Cases reported on the previous day • 1,253.

Cases in School-Age Children • Children in grades K-12 made up 282 of the new cases reported Thursday – 22.5% of the total. 117 cases have been reported in children aged 5 to 10 years; 87 cases in children 11-13; and 78 cases in children between the ages of 14 and 18.

Tests Reported Last Day • 7,876 people were tested for the first time. A total of 15,752 people were tested.

Deaths Reported on Last Day • Eight.

There were two deaths in Salt Lake County – a man aged 65 to 84 and a man over 85 years old.

Other deaths included a man from Box Elder County 65-84; a man from Cache County 25-44; a man from Davis County 45-64; a man from Tooele County 65-84; a man from Uintah County 65-84; and a woman from Utah County 25-44.

Hospital stays on the previous day • 573. That is 51 fewer than reported on Wednesday. Of the current hospital patients, 213 are in intensive care – five fewer than on Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate is 15.9% over the last day. That’s slightly higher than the 7-day average of 15.7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same person. Thursday’s rate was 8%, below the seven-day average of 10.4%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Risk Rates • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahners were 13.14 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to an analysis by the Ministry of Health. The unvaccinated were also 11.3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 6.2 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Total numbers so far • 527,654 cases; 3,050 deaths; 23,009 hospital stays; 3,573,453 people tested.

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