Utah reports 16 more COVID-19 deaths, including a young woman


Nine of the latest victims of the coronavirus are under the age of 65.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lindsay Brown prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru event hosted by the Utah County Health Department at the Spanish Fork on Friday, September 10, 2021. During the first week of December, 77 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Utah – an average of 11 per day.

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The death toll from COVID-19 in Utah continues to double-digit increases. The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported the deaths of 16 other residents of the Beehive State.

During the first week of December, 77 deaths were reported – an average of 11 per day.

Of the deaths reported Wednesday, nine were under the age of 65. One was a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 18-24. Three are between the ages of 25-44, and five are between the ages of 45-64, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The Ministry of Health also reported 1,423 new cases of coronavirus in the past day. The seven-day average of new cases is 1,416.

The number of children vaccinated continues to grow – 77,027 children aged 5-11 years who have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine since they were eligible; That’s 21.1 percent of children in that age group in Utah, according to the Department of Health.

Intensive care units in the state remain near full capacity. UDOH reported Wednesday that 93.1% of all ICU beds in Utah and 97.5% 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, 42% are being treated for COVID-19.

The dose of vaccine administered in the last day / total doses administered • 19,764 / 4,273,903.

Number of fully immunized Utahns • 1,845,288 1,839,828 – 56.4% of Utah’s total population. That’s an increase of 5,460 in the past day.

Cases reported in the past day • 1,423.

Cases in school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 240 new cases announced Wednesday – 16.9% of the total. There were 126 cases reported in children aged 5-10 years; 46 cases in children 11-13; and 86 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported yesterday • 10,920 who were tested for the first time. A total of 22,128 people were tested.

Deaths reported in the past day • 16.

Six people died in Salt Lake County. In addition to the woman between the ages of 18-24, two men 25-44, two men 45-64, and a woman 85 years and older have died.

Two residents of Davis County have died – a man and a woman 65-84.

Eight counties, each reporting one death – a 65-84 man in Box Elder County; a 65-84 man in Cache County; a 45-64 man in Carbon County; a 45-64 man in Davis County; a 25-44 man in Iron County; a 46-64 man in Utah County; a 65-84 woman in Washington County; and a 65-84 woman from Weber County.

Number of hospital admissions reported in the past day • 521. That’s five more than Tuesday’s report. Of those currently hospitalized, 199 are in intensive care, eight fewer than reported Tuesday. And 41% of patients in the ICU are being treated for COVID-19.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate was 13% in the past day. This is 15.7% below the seven-day average.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 6.4%, 10.4% below the seven-day average.

[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 15.9 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 9.3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 3.5 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus.

Total so far • 607,954 cases; 3,622 people died; 26,416 cases of hospitalization; 4,047,065 who tested. Utah reports 16 more COVID-19 deaths, including a young woman

Yasmin Harisha

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