Utah’s number of new COVID-19 cases remains relatively low, but people continue to die
Utah’s number of new COVID-19 cases remains relatively low, but people continue to die

Utah’s number of new COVID-19 cases remains relatively low, but people continue to die

The state reports 11 more deaths, bringing the state to a total of more than 4,400.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Claire Quick administers COVID-19 vaccinations at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, October 29, 2021. The University of Utah Health and the Utah Jazz hosted the community vaccination clinic and provided two free Jazz tickets for a future fight for the first 50 people who receive a vaccine shot.

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The number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Utah remains a fraction of what it was a month ago, but the death toll continues to rise.

On Friday, the Utah Department of Health reported 11 more deaths. This brings the total number reported so far in February to 290 – 6.6% of the total 4,408 since the first death in Utah was reported 23 months ago on March 22, 2020.

There have been 335 deaths in the past month – 7.6% of the total.

The department also reported 425 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the eighth day in a row, where the number of reported cases has been below 850.

The number of Utahs hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped by 23 in the past 24 hours to 395. However, there are 101 people with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care units in Utah, nine more than on Thursday.

ICUs at the state’s larger “referral” hospitals had a capacity of 78.9%, lower than the 85% threshold that hospital administrators have said is needed to accommodate unpredictable staff levels, new patients and availability of specialized equipment and staff.

ICUs at the major hospitals had almost continuously exceeded 85% occupancy since the end of August, but the number fell below this threshold last week. Overall, 74.7% of ICU beds in the entire state are filled, and 19.4% of ICU patients were admitted with COVID-19

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 6.3 times more likely to die than a fully vaccinated person and 19.1 times more likely than a boosted person.

• An unvaccinated person who gets the virus is 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalized than a fully vaccinated person and 6.5 times more likely than a boosted person.

• An unvaccinated person is twice as likely to get the virus as a fully vaccinated person and 2.5 times more likely than a boosted person.

According to state data, 61% of Utahns were fully vaccinated as of Thursday. However, only 26.7% 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 • 5,165 / 4,940,572.

Number of Utahs fully vaccinated • 1,981,484 – 61% of Utah’s total population. That is an increase of 1,564 in the last 24 hours.

Cases reported during the last 24 hours • 425.

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 below.

Tests reported within the last 24 hours • A total of 8,359 people were tested.

Deaths reported within the last 24 hours • 11.

There were three deaths in Salt Lake County – one man and woman aged 25-44 and one man 45-64. There were also three deaths in Utah County – all men 65-84.

Davis County reported two deaths – a woman aged 65-84 and a man aged 85. And three other counties each reported a single death – a woman from Box Elder County aged 85+; and Sanpete Officer 45-64; and a Weber Officer 65-84.

Admissions reported within the last 24 hours • 372. That is 23 fewer than reported Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 101 are on intensive care, nine more than reported Thursday.

Percentage of positive tests • According to the state’s original method, the rate was 12% in the last 24 hours. That is lower than the seven-day average of 18.4%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests by the same person. Friday’s course was 5.1%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.7%.

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

Totals to date • 921,956 cases; 4,408 deaths; 33,126 admissions; 9,208,687 performed tests.

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