Utah reports dozens more deaths and 920 new COVID-19 infections


“Reported data issues” means that up-to-date vaccine numbers are not available.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dr. Diane Gilles holds several syringes filled with Moderna vaccine to be administered to people on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at a pop-up clinic at Utah Film Studios in Park City.

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On Tuesday, the Utah Department of Health reported 920 new cases of coronavirus in the past day. The seven-day average of new cases is 1,107.

There have been 12 more deaths in the past day, the health ministry reported. Seven of them are under the age of 65 – one aged 25-44 and six aged 45-64.

Five of the deaths reported Tuesday occurred before November 14 and were only recently confirmed to be from the coronavirus after further testing.

Intensive care units in the state remain near full capacity. UDOH reported Tuesday that 97.1% of all ICU beds in Utah and 99.3% 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, 39.5% are being treated for COVID-19.

According to the health department, it was “handling a data reporting issue” and was “unable to report vaccine data” on Tuesday. As a result, there are no new numbers to report for the number of vaccines given in the past day or the number of fully vaccinated children of Utahns.

Cases reported in the past day • 920.

Cases in school-age children • Children in grades K-12 make up 148 of the new cases announced Tuesday – 16.1% of the total. There were 64 reported cases in children aged 5-10 years; 43 cases in children 11-13; and 41 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported yesterday • 7.847 who were tested for the first time. Total 15,916 who were tested.

Deaths reported in the past day • twelfth.

There have been four deaths in Salt Lake County: A man and woman between the ages of 45-64, a woman 65-84, and a woman 85 years of age or older.

Washington County reported three deaths: One man 25-44, one man 45-64 and one man 65-84. There have been two deaths in Davis County: A woman 45-64, and a woman 65-84.

The other deaths were a Utah County man 45-64, a Weber County woman 85 years of age or older, and another woman 85 years of age or older of whose county residency was not reported.

Number of hospital admissions reported in the past day • 498. Five fewer than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 200 are in intensive care, four fewer than reported Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate was 11.7% in the past day. This is 14% below the seven-day average.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 5.8%, well below the seven-day average of 9.4%.

[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 14.6 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 3.6 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus.

Total so far • 614,270 cases; 3,673 people died; 26,752 hospitalizations; 4,093,470 people were tested. Utah reports dozens more deaths and 920 new COVID-19 infections

Yasmin Harisha

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