Utah reports fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
Utah reports fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Utah reports fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Over the past week, the state has had an average of 166 new cases a day.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Zack Kolesky administers a coronavirus test to a woman at a center run by the Granite School District and Salt Lake County Department of Health near Thomas Jefferson Junior High in Kearns, Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

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Utah reported 94 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Over the past week, the state has had an average of 166 new cases a day, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The state also reported five more deaths Tuesday, bringing the COVID-19 death toll since the pandemic began to 4,550.

The number of hospital admissions with COVID-19 dropped to 187 on Tuesday, 10 fewer patients than reported on Monday. There were also 38 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, one fewer than on Monday.

According to the UDOH, 63.4% of Utah’s 513 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 less than 12% of the state’s intensive care 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 5 times more likely to die than a fully vaccinated person and 19.2 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 5.1 times more likely than a boosted person.

• An unvaccinated person is twice as likely to get the virus as a fully vaccinated person and twice as likely as a boosted person.

While state data shows that 61.3% of Utahns were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, only 27.2% 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 • 2,060 / 4,979,055.

Number of Utahs fully vaccinated • 1,992,797 – 61.3% of Utah’s total population. That is an increase of 660 in the last 24 hours.

Cases reported during the last 24 hours • 94.

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 above.

Tests reported within the last 24 hours • A total of 4,919 people were tested.

Deaths reported within the last 24 hours • Five.

Salt Lake County reported three deaths: a man aged 45-64 and a woman and man aged 65-84.

Utah County reported the death of a woman aged 25-44. Weber County reported the death of a woman aged 45-64.

Hospital admissions reported on the day • 187. That is 10 fewer than reported Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 38 are on intensive care, which is a decrease from Monday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the state’s original method, the rate was 4.5% in the last 24 hours. This is higher than the seven-day average of 5.8%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests by the same person. Monday’s price was 1.9%, lower than the seven-day average of 3.7%.

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

Totals to date • 925,966 cases; 4,550 deaths; 33,721 hospitalizations; 9,325,690 tests administered.

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