Nearly 1600 new COVID-19 cases reported in Utah Thursday, 19 deaths – KSL.com

A tent set up by the Utah Department of Health to administer monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients is
pictured at the Intermountain Healthcare Employee Services Center in Murray on Tuesday. Utah health officials reported 1,598 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. ( Scott G Winterton, Deseret
News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 1,598 new COVID-19 cases, as well as 19 deaths on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 371 were school-age children — 147 cases were ages 5-10, 76 cases were 11-13, and 148 cases were 14-17, the Utah Department of Health said in a daily update.

The rolling, seven-day average for new cases is now 1,401, and the percent positivity rate of those tested is 13.6%.

Health care workers administered 5,826 vaccines since Wednesday’s report, bringing total vaccinations given in Utah to 3,411,342 doses, according to the data. Now 52% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have faced 5.2 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.1 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the coronavirus and 6.5 times greater risk of testing positive than vaccinated people, state health officials said.

Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have experienced 4.2 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.0 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the disease and 4.3 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, data shows.

Since vaccines became available beginning early this year, the state has confirmed 15,879 breakthrough cases, 827 breakthrough hospitalizations and 106 breakthrough deaths. Cases are counted as breakthroughs if patients were fully vaccinated more than two weeks before they tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Thursday, 562 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, an increase of one since the previous day. Referral ICUs that can treat the most seriously ill patients were 94.8% full with coronavirus patients and others; overall ICU use stood at 92.5%; and non-ICUs across the state were 66.3% full.

Four of the deaths reported Thursday occurred before September. The latest deaths include:

  • Two Davis County men between the ages of 65 and 84, who were both hospitalized when they died.
  • A Davis County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • Two Iron County men, 45-64, one of whom was hospitalized and one who was not.
  • A Millard County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • Two Salt Lake County men, older than 85, long-term care facility residents.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, not hospitalized.
  • Two Salt Lake County men, 65-84, one of whom was hospitalized and one with unknown hospitalization status.
  • Two Salt Lake County women, 65-84, one of whom was a long-term care resident and one with unknown hospitalization status.
  • A Utah County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 45-64, unknown hospitalization status.
  • A Weber County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.

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