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Utah’s COVID-19 death toll is nearly 3,600

More than 3,400 new cases were reported in the past three days.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nurse Ashley Hafer fills syringes with Moderna vaccine for people queuing on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

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The Utah Department of Health reported 32 more COVID-19 deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s death toll since the pandemic began to 3,595.

Twenty-one of the deaths occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 11 took place before November 1, and they were only recently confirmed to be caused by COVID-19 after further testing.

Sixteen of those who died were under the age of 65. Three of them were between the ages of 25 and 44 and 13 between the ages of 45 and 64.

The health ministry reported 3,457 new coronavirus cases in the past three days – 912 on Friday, 1,166 on Saturday and 1,452 on Sunday for an average of just over 1,152 per day. The seven-day moving average of new positive cases stands at 1,550.

The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise – 74,363 children ages 5-11 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s 20.4% of kids that age in Utah, according to the health department.

The intensive care units in the state remain close to capacity. UDOH reported Monday that 95.4% of all ICU beds in Utah and 97.5% of ICU beds in larger medical centers in the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any figure above 85% to be functionally full). Of all ICU patients, 42% are treated for COVID-19.

Vaccine doses/total doses administered in the last three days • 41,000 / 4,237,422.

Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,834,977 – 56.1% of Utah’s total population. That’s an increase of 17,425 in the past three days.

Cases reported in the past three days • 3,457.

Cases among school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 653 of the new cases announced Monday — 18.9% of the total. 361 cases were reported in children aged 5-10 years; 132 cases in children 11-13; and 160 cases in children aged 14-18.

Tests reported in the past three days • 23,888 humans were tested for the first time. A total of 49,052 people were tested.

Deaths reported in the past three days • 32.

Six of those who died were residents of Salt Lake County—a man aged 25-44; a man and a woman 45-64; a man and a woman 65-84; and a man 85-plus.

Weber County also reported six deaths — one man and two women 45-64; a male 65-84; and two women 85-plus.

Five Davis County residents died – two women 45-64; a man and a woman 65-84; and a woman 85-plus. And there were four deaths in Utah County — one woman 25-44; a male 45-64; and a man and a woman 65-84.

Three Washington County residents also died — a woman 64-84 and a man and woman 85-plus. And two Sanpete County residents died — a woman 45-64 and a woman 85-plus.

Four counties each reported a single death – a man from Box Elder County 45-64; a Cache County male 25-44; a man from Iron County 65-84; and a man from Sevier County 45-64.

Two men 45-64 whose residence was unknown also died.

Hospital admissions reported in the past day • 502. That’s 11 less than Friday reported. Of those currently hospitalized, 204 are in intensive care, five more than reported Friday. and 41% of patients in ICUs are being treated for COVID-19.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the original method of the state, the rate is 14.5% in the past three days. That is below the seven-day average of 15.3%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests from the same individual. Monday’s rate was 7%, lower than the seven-day average of 10%.

[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 14 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 nine times more likely to be hospitalized and 3.6 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 605.409 cases; 3,595 dead; 26,268 hospital admissions; 4,030,046 people tested.