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Another 22 Utahns have died from COVID-19

In the past two days, 3,842 Utahns have been affected by COVID-19.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Claire Quick administers COVID-19 vaccinations at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, October 29, 2021.

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Twenty-two more Utahns have died from COVID-19 in the past two days, bringing the state’s total death toll to 3,347, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The health department also reported 3,842 new coronavirus cases in the past two days on Friday — 2,083 on Wednesday and 1,779 on Thursday. The seven-day moving average for positive tests stands at 1,568 per day. (The health department does not report COVID-19 numbers on holidays; Thursday was Veterans Day.)

The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise – 26,003 children ages 5 to 11 have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s about 7.1% of kids that age in Utah, according to UDOH.

The intensive care units in the state remain close to capacity. According to UDOH, 95.2% of all ICU beds and 97.5% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. 43.8% of all ICU patients are treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses/total doses administered in the last 2 days • 29,631 / 3,904,030.

Cases reported in the past two days • 3,842 – 2,083 on Wednesday, 1,779 on Thursday.

Cases among school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 892 of the new cases announced Friday – 23.2% of the total. 468 cases were reported in children aged 5-10 years; 196 cases in children 11-13; and 228 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in the past two days • 18,859 people were tested for the first time. A total of 38,319 people were tested.

Deaths reported in the past two days • 22.

Hospital admissions reported in the past two days • 538. That is 33 fewer than reported on Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 217 are in intensive care, six fewer than reported Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 20.4% over the past two days. That is higher than the seven-day average of 17.2%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests from the same individual. The rate for the past two days was 10%, below the seven-day average of 11.2%.

[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 18.3 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 11.4 times more likely to be hospitalized and 4.6 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 571,507 cases; 3,347 dead; 24,896 hospital admissions; 3,818,573 people tested.

This story is under development and will be updated.