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Another 20 Utahns have died from COVID-19, including a young adult in Salt Lake County

For the second week in a row, an adult in Utah between the ages of 18 and 24 has died, health officials say.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Shane Carter administers a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru event hosted by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Friday, September 10, 2021.

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According to the state health department, 20 more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Utah in the past day, bringing the death toll to 3,528.

One of the dead was a woman between the ages of 18 and 24 in Salt Lake County — a week after another woman in that age group died. Since the start of the pandemic, 20 people have died in the wider 15-24 age group. Health officials said the two young women who died recently were both at least 18.

Two of the deaths reported Tuesday were between the ages of 25 and 44 and three between the ages of 45 and 64.

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,195 new coronavirus cases last day, and the seven-day moving average of new positive cases stands at 1,127.

The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise – 66,782 children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s about 18.3% of kids that age in Utah, according to the health department.

The intensive care units in the state remain close to capacity. UDOH reported Tuesday that 91.5% of all ICU beds in Utah and 96.3% of ICU beds in larger medical centers in the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any figure above 85% to be functionally full). Of all ICU patients, 42.9% are treated for COVID-19.

Last Day Vaccine Doses/Total Doses Delivered • 14.486/ 4.136.987.

Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,806,315 – 55.2% of Utah’s total population. That’s an increase of 4,561 in the past day.

Cases reported in the past day • 1.195.

Cases among school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 253 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 21.2% of the total. 131 cases were reported in children aged 5-10 years; 53 cases in children 11-13; and 69 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in the past day • 7,559 people were tested for the first time. A total of 16,349 people were tested.

Deaths reported in the past day • 20. (One of the deaths occurred before Nov. 1, and further testing confirmed it was due to COVID-19.)

Eight of the dead were in Salt Lake County. In addition to the young woman, the fatalities include a man 45-64, two men and three women 65-84, and a man 85-plus.

Utah County reported three deaths: a woman 25-44, a man 45-64 and a man 65-84.

Two counties reported two deaths each — two men 65-84 in Tooele County, and a man 25-44 and a woman 65-84 in Weber County.

Other deaths included a Beaver County woman 45-64, a Davis County man 85-plus, an Emery County woman 65-84, a Juab County man 65-84 and a Washington County woman 65-84.

Hospital admissions reported in the past day • 511. That is 14 fewer than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 203 are in intensive care, seven fewer than reported Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original method of the state, the rate is 15.8% in the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 14.5%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests from the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 7.3%, below the seven-day average of 9.6%.

[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 15.3 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 10.9 times more likely to be hospitalized and 4.2 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 595,801 cases; 3,528 dead; 25,914 hospital admissions; 3,967,874 people tested.