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SALT LAKE CITY — As 12 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 2,423 cases were reported Monday from the previous three days, state health officials said those without vaccinations have died or experienced serious illness at exponentially higher rates than those who were vaccinated.
"In the last 28 days, people who are unvaccinated are at 5.4 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 6.5 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 5.0 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people," officials with the Utah Department of Health said in a statement.
"Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 8.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, six times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 5.6 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people," the department added.
Friday brought 1,138 new cases; 886 cases were confirmed Saturday; and 417 were confirmed on Sunday.
The health department removed 18 previously reported cases from the state's total. The new cases were confirmed out of 17,060 people tested since Friday, with a 14.2% positive rate. Now, 446,808 people have tested positive for the disease in Utah since the start of the pandemic. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 903 per day, and the percent positivity rate of those tested is 13.4%.
Health workers administered 21,633 more vaccines, bringing the total vaccines given in Utah to 3,137,913.
Currently, 379 patients are hospitalized with the novel coronavirus in Utah.
The 12 new deaths bring the state's total since the pandemic began to 2,537 total deaths. The most recent fatalities:
- A Cache County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized when he died.
- Davis County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- Davis County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
- Davis County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- Two Salt Lake County men, both 45-64, both hospitalized.
- Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
- Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- Utah County man, older than 85, a long-term care facility resident when he died.
- Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- Utah County man, 65-84, unknown if hospitalized.
- A Weber County man, 65-84, a long-term care facility resident.