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164 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death, over 3K vaccinations reported Monday in Utah

Aaron Dickey, 91, receives his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine while his wife, Marion, 83, left, looks on at a vaccination site run by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Nurse Janeen Hamel administers the shot. Marion Dickey said she looked to  President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when deciding whether to get the vaccination. â??If the president of the church gets it, thatâ??s good enough for me,â? she said. â??Weâ??re supposed to follow the prophet and thatâ??s that.â?

(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News, file)



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 164 on Monday, with one more death and 3,492 vaccinations reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

There are now an estimated 7,357 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 311, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 6.6%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.6%.

There are now 148 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 51 in intensive care, state data shows. About 70% of all intensive care unit hospital beds are now occupied, including 71% in the state's 16 referral hospitals, according to the health department. About 55% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah.

A total of 2,411,343 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 2,407,851 Sunday. A total of 1,396,109 Utahns have now received at least one vaccine dose, and 1,117,405 are fully vaccinated. A total of 2,936,913 vaccine doses have been shipped to Utah so far.

About 43.5% of Utah's total population has now received at least a first vaccine dose, and 34.9% are fully vaccinated. Among Utahns age 12 and up who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, about 53.9% have received at least a first dose, and 43.1% are fully vaccinated.

The new numbers indicate a 0.4% increase in positive cases since Sunday. Of the 2,640,203 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.3% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since the Utah pandemic began is now 4,817,295, up 4,565 since Sunday. Of those, 2,423 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19.

The death reported Monday was a Utah County man who was over the age of 85 and was a resident of a long-term care facility.

Monday's totals give Utah 402,731 total confirmed cases, with 16,532 total hospitalizations and 2,259 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 393,115 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered, according to the health department.

Benefits of vaccinating kids are 'clear,' doctor says

University of Utah Health Primary Children's Hospital Dr. Andrew Pavia said the state of Utah is earning "a gentlemanly B-minus" in vaccination rates overall, and he urged parents to consider vaccinating their children in the 12-15 age group as soon as possible.

Adolescents aged 12-15 are now eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Moderna's vaccine may also be approved for that age group soon, after the company reported its vaccine was shown to be 97% effective for adolescents during a recent clinical trial, according to Pavia.

"The benefits of getting vaccinated for 12 and up are pretty clear," Pavia said during an Intermountain Healthcare Facebook Live information session on Monday afternoon.

He pointed out that the risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 is far greater than the risk of suffering a side effect of the vaccine. And while severe symptoms and deaths from COVID-19 is less likely for kids and adolescents than older age groups, there have still been a handful of hospitalizations and deaths of children from the disease in Utah.

Additionally, one recent study suggested that up to 50% of children who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will suffer long-term symptoms from the disease, Pavia said. While he added that he thinks that might be an overestimate, kids don't want to suffer long-term effects of the disease like chronic fatigue, which might prevent them from participating in sports or other extracurricular activities in the future, Pavia said. Getting vaccinated can prevent that possibility, he said.

Another benefit of being vaccinated is no longer needing to wear a mask, which can be inconvenient for children especially, Pavia said. Kids who care about saving the world may also be more eager to get vaccinated than jaded adults, he added.

"By being vaccinated they protect people around them, they help bring the pandemic to an end," Pavia said.

Methodology

See more details about KSL.com's COVID-19 data and methodology by clicking this link.

More information about Utah's health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.

Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the "Data Notes" section at the bottom of the page.

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