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Utah reports 12 additional COVID-19 deaths, more than 1,500 new cases

The state has reported nearly 10 deaths per day from the coronavirus so far in November.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Colton Shakespear 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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Twelve other Utahns died of COVID-19 in the past day, raising the state’s total death toll 3,325, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Since the beginning of November, 88 COVID-19 deaths have been reported – an average of nearly 10 per day.

Since early October, the Department of Health has reported 382 COVID-19 deaths — 11.5% of Utah deaths since the start of the pandemic. The state’s first COVID-19 death was reported nearly 20 months ago, in March 2020.

The Ministry of Health also reported 1,531 new cases of coronavirus in the past day on Wednesday. The seven-day moving average for positive tests stands at 1,609 per day.

The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise – 17,383 children aged 5-11 have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s about 4.7% of kids that age in Utah, according to UDOH.

The intensive care units in the state remain close to capacity. According to the health department, 92.9% of all ICU beds and 94.8% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. Of all ICU patients, 46.1% are treated for COVID-19.

Last Day Vaccine Doses/Total Doses Delivered • 21,016 / 3,874,399.

Cases reported in the past day • 1,531.

Cases among school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 330 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 21.6% of the total. 172 cases were reported in children aged 5-10 years; 77 cases in children 11-13; and 81 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in the past day • 12,908 humans were tested for the first time. A total of 26,544 people were tested.

Deaths reported in the past day • 12.

Salt Lake County reported four deaths: a man aged 25-44, a woman 45-64, a man 65-84 and a woman 85-plus. There were three deaths in Washington County: one man 45-64 and two men 65-84.

Two Utah County residents died – both women 65-84. Weber County also reported two deaths: a man 45-64 and a woman 65-84.

A man from Davis County 65-84 also died.

Hospital admissions reported in the past day • 571. That is 12 fewer than reported on Tuesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 223 are in intensive care, four fewer than reported Tuesday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the state’s original method, the rate is 11.9% over the past day. That is lower than the seven-day average of 17.5%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests from the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 5.8%, lower than the seven-day average of 11.3%.

[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 15.6 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 3.4 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 567,665 cases; 3,325 dead; 24,791 hospital admissions; 3,799,714 people tested.

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