Another eight Utahs die of COVID-19
Another eight Utahs die of COVID-19

Another eight Utahs die of COVID-19

Of the state’s total pandemic deaths, 1 in 20 has been reported so far in February.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Injecting Utah County residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at a former Shopko store in Spanish Fork, Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

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The Utah Department of Health on Thursday reported another eight deaths caused by COVID-19, bringing the total to 4,344 since the pandemic began.

Two of the deaths occurred before January 17, and it was only recently confirmed to be the result of coronavirus.

The number of deaths reported so far in February rose to 236 – 5.4% of Utah’s total. The state’s first death was reported on March 22, 2020, almost 23 months ago.

UDOH also reported that the number of new COVID-19 cases nearly doubled over the past two days, but they remained a fraction of the numbers reported a month ago.

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,032 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. This is the eighth day in a row and the 11th time in the last 12 days that the number of new cases has been below 2,000.

Positive tests have been declining since a peak of more than 13,000 cases in mid-January when the virus’ omicron variant spread in Utah.

The number of Utahs hospitalized with COVID-19 is also declining after a huge increase in January. The total number of coronavirus patients dropped 22 over the past 24 hours to 476, and the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across the state dropped by seven to 110.

The ICU at the state’s major “referral” hospitals is at 80% capacity, lower than the 85% threshold that hospital administrators have said is needed to accommodate unpredictable staff levels, new patients and the availability of specialized equipment and staff. ICUs at the major hospitals had almost continuously exceeded 85% occupancy since the end of August, but the number fell below this threshold on Monday.

Overall, 76.4% of ICU beds across the state are filled, and 21.1% of intensive care patients suffer from COVID-19.

According to state data, 60.7% of Utahs were fully vaccinated as of Thursday. However, researchers have found that a booster is essential for preventing serious illness – and only 26.3% of all Utahns have received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Breakdown of updated figures

Vaccine doses administered within the last 24 hours / total doses administered • 4.983 / 4,912,322.

Number of Utahs fully vaccinated • 1,973,064 60.7% of Utah’s total population. That is an increase of 1,731 in the last 24 hours.

Cases reported within the last 24 hours • 1,032 th most common

Vaccination status • Health authorities do not have or release immediate vaccination status for people who test positive, who are hospitalized or die. They calculate the overall risk factors for these results depending on the vaccination status listed below.

Tests reported within the last 24 hours • A total of 11,135 people were tested.

Deaths reported Thursday • Eight.

There were two deaths in Salt Lake County – a man aged 45-64 and a man aged 85. There were also two deaths in Washington County – a woman aged 45-64 and a woman aged 85.

The other deaths were a Davis County man 45-64; and Emery Officer 65-84; a Sanpete County man 85-plus; and a Weber County woman 65-84.

Utahs hospitalized with COVID-19 • 476. That is 22 fewer than reported on Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 110 are in intensive care – seven fewer than on Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the state’s original method, the rate was 22% in the last 24 hours. That is lower than the seven-day average of 27%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests by the same person. Wednesday’s price was 9.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 16.1%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Risk factors • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahs were 8.7 times more likely to die from COVID-19 as vaccinated humans, according to an analysis by the Utah Department of Health. The unvaccinated were also 4.2 times as likely to be hospitalized and 2.4 times as likely to test positive for coronavirus.

Totals to date • 917,223 cases; 4,344 deaths: Dead; 32,767 admissions; 9,137,279 performed tests.

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