In the state’s largest hospitals, there are more ICU patients than available beds.
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For the third day in a row, 13 Utahns have been added to the death toll from COVID-19 — a number that now stands at 3,411 people, according to the Utah Department of Health.
The health department also reported 1,789 new cases of coronavirus in the past day. The seven-day moving average for positive tests stands at 1,633 per day.
Intensive care units in the state remain close to capacity, with overcapacity in the state’s largest hospitals. According to the GGD, 96.7% of all IC beds and 101.8% of the IC beds in larger medical centers are occupied. (Hospitals consider anything above 85% to be functionally full.) Of all ICU patients, 44.2% are being treated for COVID-19.
When ICUs exceed 100% capacity, it usually means that the nursing staff is thinning out and caring for more patients than is normally recommended.
Two of the people reported dead were between the ages of 25 and 44; five of them were in the age group of 45 to 64 years.
The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise – 47,811 children ages 5 to 11 have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible. That’s about 13.1% of kids in that age group in Utah, according to UDOH.
Last Day Vaccine Doses/Total Doses Delivered • 17,676/3991,946.
Cases reported in the past day • 1,789.
School-age Cases • Children in grades K-12 were responsible for 441 new cases announced Thursday — 24.6% of the total. 225 cases were reported in children aged 5-10 years; 108 cases in children 11-13; and 108 cases in children 14-18.
Tests reported in the past day • 12,080 people were tested for the first time. A total of 25,238 people were tested.
Deaths reported in the past day • 13.
Among the reported deaths were four Salt Lake County residents: a man and a woman, 25-44 each; a male 45-64; and a male 65-84.
Three Utah County residents — a man 45-64 and a man and woman, 65-84 each — also died, UDOH reported.
Two Davis County residents also died, the health department reported: a woman 45-64 and a man 65-84.
Also among the reported deaths: a man from Beaver County 65-84, a woman from Duchesne County 45-64, a man from Uintah County 65-84 and a woman from Weber County, 45-64.
Hospital admissions reported in the past day • 547. That is 10 fewer than reported on Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 223 are in intensive care, three fewer than reported Wednesday.
Percentage of positive tests • According to the state’s original method, the rate is 14.8% over the past day. That is lower than the seven-day average of 16.6%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests from the same individual. Wednesday’s rate was 7.1%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.8%.
[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]
Risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 16.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to an analysis by the Utah Department of Health. The unvaccinated were also 9.8 times more likely to be hospitalized and 4.3 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
Totals to date • 581,165 cases; 3,411 killed; 25,331 hospital admissions; 3,875,496 people tested.
This story is under development and will be updated.