Utah’s number of new COVID-19 cases remains relatively low, but people keep dying


The state studies 11 extra deaths, bringing the state whole to greater than 4,400.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Claire Fast administers COVID-19 vaccinations at Vivint Area in Salt Lake Metropolis on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. College of Utah Well being and the Utah Jazz held the neighborhood vaccination clinic, giving two free Jazz tickets to a future recreation for the primary 50 people receiving a vaccine shot.

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The variety of new instances of COVID-19 reported in Utah continues to be a fraction of what it was a month in the past, however the dying toll continues to rise.

On Friday, the Utah Division of Well being reported 11 extra deaths. That brings the full reported to this point in February to 290 — 6.6% of the full of 4,408 for the reason that first dying in Utah was reported 23 months in the past on March 22, 2020.

There have been 335 deaths previously month — 7.6% of the full.

The division additionally reported 425 new COVID-19 instances on Friday, the eighth day in a row that the reported case rely has been under 850.

The variety of Utahns hospitalized with COVID-19 fell by 23 previously day to 395. Nonetheless, there are 101 folks with COVID-19 hospitalized in Utah intensive care items, 9 greater than on Thursday.

ICUs within the state’s bigger “referral” hospitals have been at 78.9% capability, decrease than the 85% threshold that hospital directors have stated is critical to depart room for unpredictable staffing ranges, new sufferers and availability of specialised tools and personnel.

ICUs in these bigger hospitals had surpassed 85% occupancy virtually repeatedly since late August, however numbers dropped under that threshold final week. General, 74.7% of ICU beds throughout the state are crammed, and 19.4% of ICU sufferers have been hospitalized with COVID-19

A UDOH evaluation continues to indicate that booster photographs considerably lower Utahns’ probabilities of dying of COVID-19. Over the previous 4 weeks:

• An unvaccinated one who contracts the virus is 6.3 instances extra prone to die than a totally vaccinated particular person, and 19.1 instances extra possible than a boosted particular person.

• An unvaccinated one who contracts the virus is 2.5 instances extra prone to be hospitalized than a totally vaccinated particular person, and 6.5 instances extra possible than a boosted particular person.

• An unvaccinated particular person twice as prone to contract the virus than a totally vaccinated particular person, and a couple of.5 instances extra possible than a boosted particular person.

In line with state knowledge, 61% of Utahns have been totally vaccinated as of Thursday. Nonetheless, simply 26.7% of all Utahns have acquired a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Discover the place to get vaccinated at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution. Discover the place to get examined at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations.

Breakdown of up to date figures

Vaccine doses administered previously day/whole doses administered • 5,165 / 4,940,572.

Variety of Utahns totally vaccinated • 1,981,484 — 61% of Utah’s whole inhabitants. That is a rise of 1,564 previously day.

Instances reported through the previous day • 425.

Vaccination standing • Well being officers don’t instantly have or launch the vaccination standing of people who take a look at constructive, who’re hospitalized or who die. They do calculate the general danger ratios of those outcomes relying on vaccination standing, which is listed under.

Assessments reported previously day • A complete of 8,359 folks have been examined.

Deaths reported previously day • 11.

There have been three deaths in Salt Lake County — a person and lady between the ages of 25-44, and a person 45-64. There have been additionally three deaths in Utah County — all males 65-84.

Davis County reported two deaths — a girl 65-84, and a person 85-plus. And three different counties every reported a single dying — a Field Elder County lady 85-plus; a Sanpete County man 45-64; and a Weber County man 65-84.

Hospitalizations reported previously day • 372. That’s 23 fewer than reported on Thursday. Of these presently hospitalized, 101 are in intensive care, 9 greater than reported on Thursday.

Share of constructive exams • Beneath the state’s authentic methodology, the speed was 12% previously day. That’s decrease than the seven-day common of 18.4%.

The state’s new methodology counts all take a look at outcomes, together with repeated exams of the identical particular person. Friday’s fee was 5.1%, decrease than the seven-day common 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 this point • 921,956 instances; 4,408 deaths; 33,126 hospitalizations; 9,208,687 exams administered.