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Utah reports 9 more COVID-19 deaths, including man between the ages of 18-24

Salt Lake Tribune logo Salt Lake Tribune 10/28/2021 Scott D. Pierce
a person talking on a cell phone: (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) School nurse Karen Thelin tests a student for COVID-19 at American Preparatory Academy in Draper on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. © Trent Nelson (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) School nurse Karen Thelin tests a student for COVID-19 at American Preparatory Academy in Draper on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

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The Utah Department of Health on Thursday reported nine more COVID-19 deaths, including seven in the past day.

Two deaths reported Thursday occurred before Oct. 1 and were added to the death toll after further testing, the Health Department said. Four of those who died were under the age of 65 — including a man in Iron County between the ages of 18 and 24.

The Health Department on Thursday reported 1,859 new coronavirus cases. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests stands at 1,547 per day.

Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. According to the Health Department, 93.7% of all ICU beds and 95.5% of ICU beds in larger medical centers are occupied. Of all ICU patients, 41.4% are being treated for COVID-19.

An additional 1.066 Utahns were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past day, bringing the total to 1,748,108 — 53.4% of Utah’s total population.

Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 13,025 / 3,718,416.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,748,108.

Cases reported in past day • 1,859.

Cases among school age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 370 of the new cases announced Thursday — 19.9% of the total. There were 179 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 93, cases in children 11-13; and 98 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in past day • 9,964 people were tested for the first time. A total of 19,479 people were tested.

Deaths reported in past day • Nine.

There were two deaths in Salt Lake County — a woman 45-64, and a man 65-84.

There also were two deaths in Washington County — a man 45-64, and a woman 65-84. And Weber County reported two deaths — a man 45-64, and a woman 65-84.

Three counties each reported one death — a Cache County man 65-84; an Iron County man 18-24; and a Utah County man 65-84.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 536. That is two fewer than reported on Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 202 are in intensive care — two more than reported Wednesday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 18.7% over the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 17%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Thursday’s rate was 9.5%, lower than the seven-day average of 11%.

[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 18.7 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a UDOH analysis. The unvaccinated also were 10.9 times more likely to be hospitalized and 5.2 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals to date • 548,072 cases; 3,190 deaths; 23,941 hospitalizations; 3,688,462 people tested.


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