Josephine Snow, a Salt Lake County Health Department health professional and temporary vaccinator, gives Abbie Whipple, 10, a COVID-19 vaccination at Hillsdale Elementary School in West Valley City on Nov. 8. Utah health officials confirmed 4,502 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths since Friday. (Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY – While COVID-19 still shows no signs of slowing down in Utah, a new study from Intermountain Healthcare finds a “very concerning” rise in depression among Utahns in the wake of the pandemic.
Of the 4,633 patients who completed the screenings, nearly 40% reported new or ongoing symptoms of depression during the first year of the pandemic, Intermountain Healthcare officials said.
“These findings are significant. If we look at the first year of the pandemic, we can already see the effects on the mental health of our patients,” said Heidi T. May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute and principal investigator of the study. . in a statement.
“We already know that depression increases a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems,” May said, adding that the study highlights the need for health care providers to screen patients and provide mental health resources.
The study’s findings were presented this weekend at the American Heart Association’s virtual 2021 Scientific Session.
Participating patients completed pre-pandemic screenings, between March 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020; and then again, during the pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and April 20, 2021, officials said.
Patients identified as “depressed” during screening had higher levels of depression during the pandemic than before, according to the study, and Utah hospitals have also seen more emergency room visits due to anxiety.
The study found that patients with depression were 2.8 more likely to visit an emergency room for anxiety, compared with people who were not depressed; and 1.8 greater chance of visiting the emergency room for chest pain, compared with people without depression.
May expressed concern about the potential higher rates of cardiovascular disease occurring within a few years as people become more depressed during the pandemic.
Researchers stressed the need for follow-up research to measure mental health impacts as the pandemic continues.
Latest Utah Data
Utah health officials reported an additional 4,502 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths since Friday.
An overview of the cases per day:
- Friday: 2.044
- Saturday: 1,310
- Sunday: 1162
The Utah Department of Health removed 14 previously reported cases from the total.
The seven-day rolling average for new cases is 1,634 per day, and the average positive percentage of people tested is 16.7%.
School-age children were responsible for 1,080 of the latest confirmed cases, including 590 children ages 5-10; 245 ages 11-13; and, 245 between 14-17.
Health professionals have administered 41,783 additional vaccine doses since Friday, bringing the total doses in the state to 3,945,813.
In the past 28 days, unvaccinated people have a 19 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, an 11.7 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and a 4.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19. test positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated. people, the state health department said in a daily update.
As of Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have an 8.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, a 7.2 times greater risk of hospitalization and a 3.4 times greater risk of testing positive than vaccinated people. .
Since COVID-19 first arrived in Utah in March 2020, 3,373 people have died from the disease.
New deaths reported Monday include:
- Two Weber County women, both between the ages of 45 and 64, one of whom was hospitalized when she died and another was not.
- A Weber County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Carbon County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- Two men from Salt Lake County, aged 25-44, one of whom was hospitalized and one was not.
- A Salt Lake County man, over 85, has been hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Box Elder County man, 45-64, has been hospitalized.
- Two Washington County men, aged 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Washington County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
- Two Washington County men, 65-84, one in the hospital and one not.
- A Wasatch County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Utah County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Utah County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
- A Millard County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Millard County man, 65-84, hospitalized
- A Davis County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Kane County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Kane County man, 65-84, hospitalized
- A Tooele County man, over 85, has been hospitalized.
- A Tooele County woman, 65-84, was hospitalized.
- A Sanpete County woman, 25-44, hospitalized.