Utah reports 13 deaths, more than 2,500 cases of coronavirus in the past 3 days


The seven-day average of new cases was 978, the lowest since August 16.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) People are tested for COVID-19 at the Salt Lake Public Health Centers at 200 East and 600 South in Salt Lake City, Monday, December 20, 2021.

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On Monday, the Utah Department of Health reported 2,522 new cases of coronavirus in the past three days. There were 910 new cases recorded on Friday, 863 on Saturday and 749 on Sunday, an average of almost 841 cases per day.

After further analysis, the Department of Health also reported Monday that 22 cases previously included in the statewide total have been eliminated. It is not clear why cases were initially tested, but a Health Ministry official said in the past such corrected deviations were due to errors in counting, re-checking of tests or both. two.

The seven-day average of new cases was 978, the lowest since August 16.

The Ministry of Health also reported 13 more deaths from COVID-19 in the past three days. Six were under the age of 65 – one between the ages of 25-44, and five aged 45-64. So far this month, the state has reported 129 deaths.

The number of children vaccinated continues to grow: 88,027 children aged 5-11 years have received at least one dose since becoming eligible. According to the Department of Health, that number is 24.1% of children of that age in Utah. And 52,947 of those children were fully immunized – 14.5% for that age group.

Intensive care units in the state remain near full capacity. UDOH reported Friday that 94.8% 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, 39.3% are being treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses given in the last three days / total doses administered • 30,838 / 4,434,660.

Number of fully immunized Utahns • 1,880,852 – 57.5% of Utah’s total population. That’s an increase of 5,434 over the past three days.

Cases reported in the last three days • 2,522.

Cases in school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 376 of the new cases announced Monday – 14.9% of the total. There were 171 cases reported in children aged 5-10 years; 79 cases in children 11-13; and 126 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in the last three days • 24,470 people were tested for the first time. Total is 47,475 who were tested.

Deaths reported in the last three days • 13.

There was a fourth death in Utah County – a man and a woman between the ages of 65-84, and two men 85 years of age or older. Washington County reported three deaths – two men 45-64, and one man 65-84.

There have been two deaths in Salt Lake County – a man 25-44, and a man 45-64. There have also been two deaths in Weber County – a man 45-64, and a woman 85 years of age or older.

The other deaths were a 45-64 man in Cache County, and a man 85 years old or older in Uintah County.

Hospitalizations reported in the last three days • 453. That’s 58 less than reported on Friday. Of those currently hospitalized, 192 are in intensive care, four less compared to Friday’s report.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate is 10.3% in the last three days. This is below the 7-day average of 12.3%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Monday’s rate was 5.3%, well below the seven-day average of 8.5%.

[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 14.7 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 9.9 times more likely to be hospitalized and 3.7 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus.

Total so far • 620,197 cases; 3,717 people died; 27,035 cases of hospitalization; 4.146.047 who tested. Utah reports 13 deaths, more than 2,500 cases of coronavirus in the past 3 days

Yasmin Harisha

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