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Utah boy dies of COVID-19, Health Department reports on anniversary of state’s first dose of vaccine

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Fifteen other people in Utah have died from COVID-19 in the past day, including a Davis County boy aged 1-14, the Utah Department of Health said Wednesday.

State epidemiologist Leisha Nolen said in a statement: “Children with COVID-19 can actually get sick, and unfortunately, as we are reporting today, can die. “This is a tragic reminder that COVID-19 is still spreading in our communities and still causing preventable deaths.”

The Department of Health did not provide any additional information on Wednesday about the boy who died. His death marked Second child died of COVID-19 in state, records indicate. The first child to die was a Salt Lake County boy between the ages of 1-14. His death was reported on 9 March.

Nolen in her statement added that “now is the time” for parents to get their children vaccinated to “help prevent serious illness and death.”

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of First COVID-19 vaccine dose administration in Utah. That shot belonged to Christy Mulder, an intensive care unit nurse at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. At the time, Mulder called the milestone “overwhelming” and said she was “still trying to process it all”.

One year later, 4,375,884 vaccines were administered in Utah – 2,115,064 people received at least one dose; 1,870,095 children have been fully vaccinated; and 539,499 received a booster shot.

On the other hand, about 1.16 According to the Department of Health, millions of Utahns have yet to receive a dose of the vaccine. (That number includes children under the age of 5, who are not eligible to be vaccinated.)

Five of the 15 Utahns who died in the past day were under the age of 65 – one boy and four between the ages of 45-64.

The Ministry of Health reported 1,306 new cases of coronavirus in the past day. The seven-day rolling average for new cases is 1,090 per day.

The number of children vaccinated continues to grow – 74,363 children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose since becoming eligible. According to the Department of Health, the figure in Utah is 20.4%.

Intensive care units in the state remain near full capacity. UDOH reported on Wednesday that 96.9% of all ICU beds in Utah and 98.9% of ICU beds in larger medical centers in the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any number above 85% to be functionally adequate.) Of all ICU patients, 38.8% are being treated for COVID-19.

Dosage of vaccines used in the past days / total doses used • 47,790 / 4,375,884,

Number of fully immunized Utahns • 1,870,095 – 57.1% of the total population of Utah. That’s an increase of 11,326 over the past two days. (UDOH did not report vaccination counts on Tuesday because of “data reporting issues.”)

Cases reported in the past day • 1.306.

Cases in school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 194 of the new cases announced Wednesday – 14.9% of the total. There were 86 cases reported in children aged 5-10 years; 46 cases in children 11-13; and 62 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported yesterday • 9,418 people were tested for the first time. A total of 18,554 people were tested.

Deaths reported in the past day • 15.

There have been four deaths in Davis County: In addition to the boy, a man and woman 45-64 and a woman 85 years of age or older also died.

Salt Lake County reported three deaths – a man 45-64, a woman 65-84, and a man 85 years of age or older. And there have been two deaths in Utah County – a man 65-84, and a woman 85 years or older.

Six counties, each reporting one death – a man from Box Elder County 65-84; a Grand County man 65-84; a man from Iron District 65-84; a Juab County man 65-84; a San Juan County woman 65-84; and a Washington County man 45-64.

Number of hospital admissions reported in the past day • 514. That number is 16 more than Tuesday’s report. Of those currently hospitalized, 202 are in intensive care, two more than reported Tuesday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate was 13.9% in the past day. This is slightly above the seven-day average of 13.7%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 7%, well below the seven-day average of 9.2%.

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

Risk ratio • Over the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 14.9 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who were vaccinated, according to an analysis by the Utah Department of Health. Unvaccinated people were also 9.5 times more likely to be hospitalized and 3.7 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus.

Total so far • 615,576 cases; 3,688 people died; 26,822 cases of hospitalization; 4,102,888 people tested.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/12/15/davis-county-boy-dies/ Utah boy dies of COVID-19, Health Department reports on anniversary of state’s first dose of vaccine

Yasmin Harisha

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