Utah reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases, highest average in 7 days since January


The Department of Health on Thursday also confirmed seven more deaths from COVID-19,

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Health Department health workers test the community for COVID-19 at a testing site in the parking lot of the Utah Public Health Laboratory building in Taylorsville, December 30, 2021.

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For the second day in a row, the Utah Department of Health reported a number of new coronavirus cases not seen in the state in nearly a year.

The tally reported Thursday was 3,563 – 260 more new cases than the state reported on Wednesday and the most reported since January 7.

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is now also 1,898 – the highest average reported since January 19.

As the number of cases spiked in Utah this week amid the spread of the omicron variant, a top Utah doctor on Thursday urged people to keep the New Year’s Eve celebrations small This year.

“This is not a great time to gather in large groups on New Year’s Eve,” advises Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, an infectious disease physician at Intermountain Healthcare.

The Department of Health on Thursday also confirmed seven more deaths from COVID-19, the same number reported on Wednesday. In a press release, UDOH noted that one in seven deaths reported Wednesday had been removed from the list after further examination. The state’s revised death toll since the pandemic began to date is 3,787.

With just two days left in the year, 2,504 people have died from COVID-19 in Utah so far in 2021. (The Department of Health does not update COVID-19 numbers on holidays or weekends. Further reports will come. in Monday.)

The number of children vaccinated continues to grow: 95,130 children aged 5-11 years have received at least one dose since becoming eligible. According to the Department of Health, that’s 26.1 percent of kids that age in Utah. And 62,510 of those children were fully immunized – 17.1% in that age group.

Intensive care units in the state remain near full capacity. UDOH reported Thursday that 94% of all ICU beds in Utah and 96.4% of ICU beds in larger medical centers across the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any number above 85% to be functionally adequate.) Of all ICU patients, 35.7% are being treated for COVID-19.

The dose of vaccine administered in the last day / total doses administered • 14.378 / 4,526,915.

Number of fully immunized Utahns • 1,899,752 – 58.1% of the total population of Utah. That is an increase of 2,739 in the past day.

Vaccination status • Health officials do not immediately release or release the immunization status of people who test positive, are hospitalized, or die. They calculate the overall risk ratio of these outcomes depending on vaccination status, which you can see below.

Cases reported in the past day • 3.563.

The case of children of school age • Children in grades K-12 make up 360 of the new cases announced Wednesday – 10.1% of the total. There were 127 cases reported in children aged 5-10 years; 87 cases in children 11-13; and 146 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported yesterday • 15,419 people were tested for the first time. A total of 28,777 people have been tested.

Deaths reported in the past day • Seven.

There were two deaths reported in Salt Lake County – a man and a woman between the ages of 45-64.

Five other counties, each reported one death – a man from Iron District 65-84; a Sanpete County woman 25-44; a Utah County man 65-84; a Washington County man 65-84; and a Weber County woman 65-84.

Number of hospital admissions reported in the past day • 436. Six less than Wednesday’s report. Of those currently hospitalized, 175 are in intensive care – three fewer than were reported on Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original state method, the rate was 23.1% in the past day. This is 12.4% higher than the seven-day average.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Thursday’s rate was 12.4%, well above the seven-day average of 8.4%.

[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 18.1 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 9.6 times more likely to be hospitalized and 3.3 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus.

Total so far • 636,992 cases; 3.787 deaths; 27,512 hospitalizations; 4,245,929 people tested. Utah reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases, highest average in 7 days since January

Yasmin Harisha

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