The number of COVID-19 cases is rising slightly as the state reports 37 more deaths
The number of COVID-19 cases is rising slightly as the state reports 37 more deaths

The number of COVID-19 cases is rising slightly as the state reports 37 more deaths

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Utah’s daily count of new coronavirus cases rose slightly Thursday, but the number remains below 200.

The Utah Department of Health also reported 37 more deaths, one of them a woman from Salt Lake County aged 18-24.

Most of the deaths reported Thursday – 33 – occurred before Feb. 24, according to the Utah Department of Health. As the number of cases has dropped, epidemiologists at state and local health departments have reviewed previous death certificate data to ensure all COVID-19 deaths are counted.

These reviews have identified 95 such cases out of the 110 deaths reported since Tuesday.

With the 37 deaths reported Thursday, Utah’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 4,681 since the pandemic began.

The 152 newly reported coronavirus cases mark the 13th day in a row with less than 200 cases, and the 20th day in a row with less than 250.

In the past week, the average number of new cases per day was 124.

The number of hospitalized people with COVID-19 dropped to 109 on Thursday. a drop of 11 patients since Wednesday. There were 20 coronavirus patients in intensive care units, the same number reported on Wednesday.

According to UDOH, 64.7% of Utah’s ICU beds are full, which falls below the 85% threshold that healthcare professionals have said is necessary to have enough facilities, equipment and staff available to treat new patients. COVID-19 patients make up 6% of the state’s intensive care unit patients.

A UDOH analysis continues to show that booster shots significantly reduce Utahn’s chances of dying from COVID-19. During the last four weeks:

• An unvaccinated person who gets the virus is 4.1 times more likely to die than a fully vaccinated person and 19.3 times more likely than a boosted person.

An unvaccinated person who gets the virus is 2.1 times more likely to be hospitalized than a fully vaccinated person and 5.3 times more likely than a boosted person.

• An unvaccinated person is 1.9 times more likely to get the virus than a fully vaccinated person, and 1.9 times more likely than a boosted person.

While state data shows that 61.5% of Utahns were fully vaccinated as of Thursday, only 27.4% of all Utahns have received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Find out where you can be vaccinated coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution. Find out where you can be tested coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations.

Breakdown of updated figures

Vaccine doses administered within the last 24 hours / total doses administered • 2,138 / 4,995,723.

Number of Utahs fully vaccinated • 1,997,305 61.5% of Utah’s total population. That is an increase of 663 in the last 24 hours.

Cases reported during the last 24 hours • 152.

Tests reported within the last 24 hours • A total of 6,550 people were tested.

Deaths reported within the last 24 hours • 37. Thirty-three of the deaths occurred before 24 February.

There were ten deaths in Salt Lake County: one woman 18-24; four men 45-64; three men and two women aged 85 or over.

Seven deaths were reported in Washington County: one man 25-44; to mand 65-84; and three men and women 85 years of age or older.

Weber County reported six deaths: three women and one man 65-84 and two men 85 years or older.

Four deaths were reported in Davis County: one man 65-84, and two men and one woman 85 or older.

Three Utah County residents died: a man and woman aged 65-84 and a man aged 85 or older.

Iron County reported that a man and woman, each 85 years or older, died. Uintah County reported the deaths of a man 65-84 and a woman 85 years or older.

Three counties each reported a single death: a woman from Emery County aged 65-84; a Summit County man 85 years of age or older; and a Tooele County man 85 years of age or older.

Admissions reported within the last 24 hours • 109. That is 11 fewer than reported on Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 20 are on intensive care, the same number reported Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the exchange rate was 4.7% over the past 24 hours. That equates to the seven-day average.

The state’s newer method counts all test results, including repeated tests by the same person. Tuesday’s price was 2.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 2.7%.

Totals to date • 927,165 cases; 4,681 deaths; 33,913 admissions; 9,378,311 performed tests.

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