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Utah reports 1,238 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Tuesday

Davis County community health nurse Bruno Gonzalez prepares a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster in Farmington, Utah.
Davis County community health nurse Bruno Gonzalez prepares a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Utah health officials reported 1,238 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and 13 additional deaths.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Utah health officials reported 1,238 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 13 additional deaths.

The rolling, seven-day average for new cases is now 1,592 per day, and the positive rate of those tested is 16.7%.

School-age children accounted for 276 of the latest cases — 141 were ages 5-10, 60 were 11-13, and 75 were 14-17, the Utah Department of Health said in a daily update. So far, the state has confirmed 20,855 cases from the 2021-22 school year including students and staff members. The previous school year brought a total of 39,907 cases.

On Tuesday, 569 patients were hospitalized across Utah with the coronavirus. Referral intensive care units that can treat the most serious patients were 92.7% full with COVID-19 patients and others, and overall ICU use stood at 90.4%. Nonintensive units, meanwhile, were 57.7% full.

The Utah Department of Health also announced Tuesday it will now offer COVID-19 testing kits through a partnership with Fulgent Genetics to anyone who has symptoms of the disease, an exposure and/or live in rural areas and are unable to access a community testing site. The PCR test kits can be mailed to those who need them, officials said. Registration is available online at picturegenetics.com/covid19?c=UTAHPROMO.

Vaccine data

Health care workers administered 15,119 additional vaccine doses since the previous day's report, bringing total doses given in Utah to 3,960,932. Now 60.3% of residents ages 5 and up in the state have been fully vaccinated, according to state data, while 68.4% have received at least one dose. The Utah health department has not received data breaking out numbers for those who have received booster shots.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have experienced 20.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 11.4 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 4.7 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, state health officials said.

Since Feb. 1, the state's unvaccinated residents have been at 8.7 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.1 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 3.4 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated, the data shows.

Of the cases reported Tuesday, 802 were breakthrough cases, occurring in fully vaccinated individuals. The state also reported six breakthrough deaths on Tuesday.

Since the start of the pandemic, Utah has confirmed 576,009 COVID-19 cases, including 36,085 breakthrough cases since vaccines became available early this year. About 6% of cases have occurred in fully vaccinated people in Utah, according to health department data.

Since the first COVID-19 death was reported in Utah in April 2020, 3,386 people in Utah have died of the disease, including 225 who were fully vaccinated and 846 who were residents at long-term care facilities, the health department reports.

The latest deaths include:

  • Two Davis County women between the ages of 65 and 84, who were not hospitalized at the time of their deaths.
  • A Davis County man, 45-64, long-term care facility resident.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • Two Salt Lake County women, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Tooele County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • Two Utah County women, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, older than 85, hospitalized.