1,491 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in Utah Thursday

Members of the Utah National Guard work at a COVID-19 testing site at Rio Tinto Stadium on Aug. 2. Health officials reported 1,491 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths tied to COVID-19 in Utah Thursday.

Members of the Utah National Guard work at a COVID-19 testing site at Rio Tinto Stadium on Aug. 2. Health officials reported 1,491 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths tied to COVID-19 in Utah Thursday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — Another 1,491 COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths and nearly 9,000 new vaccinations were reported in Utah Thursday, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Health department officials said school-age children account for 358 of those new cases in the state. One hundred and sixty of those cases are among children between the ages of 5 and 10.

With the update, the rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 1,153 new cases per day.

The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 15.4%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 10.8%. Both of those percentages have risen daily since 13.3% and 9.4%, respectively, on Aug. 8.

Health department officials said nine of the 10 people who died were hospitalized at the time of their death. The 10 ranged in age from 15 to 24 to older than 85. The 10 were listed as:

  • A Box Elder County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of his death.
  • A Cache County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • Two Davis County men, 25-44, both hospitalized.
  • A Davis County woman, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Tooele County male, 15-24, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County man, 45-64, hospitalized.

The department reports there are currently 463 Utahns hospitalized due to COVID-19. That's an increase of 23 from the previous day. The number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations surpassed 450 this week for the first time since late January, according to state health department data.

Of those hospitalizations, 185 people are in intensive care units. Health department data show 91% of ICU beds at referral centers and 89% of statewide ICU beds are full. Both of those numbers are above Utah's "utilization threshold."

Thursday's totals give Utah 458,589 total confirmed cases, 19,949 total hospitalizations and 2,615 total deaths from the disease since March 2020.

Meanwhile, the state reported 8,907 new vaccinations Thursday. With that update, there are now 1,794,774 Utahns who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 1,560,756 Utahns considered fully vaccinated.

Those numbers mean 69% of Utahns 12 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 60% are considered fully vaccinated. About 56% of the statewide population has received at least one dose and 48.7% is considered fully vaccinated.

Per health department data, there have been 9,285 "breakthrough" cases, 518 hospitalizations and 48 deaths. That means of all fully vaccinated Utahns, 0.6% have contracted COVID-19, 0.03% have been hospitalized, and 0.003% have died.

Utah health department officials said numbers from the past four weeks show unvaccinated Utahns are 4.9 times at greater risk for contracting COVID-19, at 6.4 times greater risk of getting hospitalized for COVID-19 and 4.6 times at greater risk of dying from COVID-19 as vaccinated Utahns during that same span.

Since the start of February, unvaccinated Utahns are considered at five times greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and at 6.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19 as vaccinated Utahns.

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