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Utah confirms 3,329 new weekend COVID-19 cases, 715 in children

Ryan Jensen gives Utah Valley University instructor Lauren Brooks a COVID-19 test at the university in Orem on
Thursday. Utah reported 3,329 new cases over the weekend.

Ryan Jensen gives Utah Valley University instructor Lauren Brooks a COVID-19 test at the university in Orem on Thursday. Utah reported 3,329 new cases over the weekend. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 3,329 new COVID-19 cases since Friday and five deaths.

School-age children represent at least 715 of those new cases — 298 cases are children between 5 and 10 years old, 205 cases are 11-13 years old, and 212 are 14-18 years old, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Cases in schoolchildren reported by the state health department likely don't represent all school cases, as there may be a delay in reporting, health officials say. Local health departments use the most timely data to determine actions in specific schools.

Friday brought 1,604 new cases; 1,129 were confirmed on Saturday; and 601 tested positive on Sunday. A total of 23,026 people were tested since Friday, with a positive rate of 14.5%. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,263 per day, and the percent positivity rate of those tested stands at 15.1%.

State health care workers administered 20,683 more vaccines since Friday's report, bringing total vaccinations in the state to 3,249,729. Just over 49% of all Utahns are fully vaccinated.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have been at 4.9 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 6.2 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 5.1 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, health department officials said.

Since Feb. 1, data shows people who are unvaccinated in Utah have been at six times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.5 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 4.8 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

But more than 500 cases confirmed over the weekend are Utahns who have already been vaccinated. There were 557 breakthrough cases reported, 21 hospitalizations were breakthrough patients, and one of the deaths was confirmed as someone who had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks earlier.

There have been 10,061 cases, 552 hospitalizations and 50 deaths among those who were considered fully vaccinated — well under 1% of the state's overall cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

On Monday, 465 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 178 of whom were in intensive care units. Referral ICUs that can treat the most serious cases were 88.5% full with coronavirus patients and others. Overall hospital usage stood at 57.7%.

The latest COVID-19 deaths:

  • A Box Elder County woman, between 25 and 44 years old, who was hospitalized when she died.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County woman, 45-64, not hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, older than 85, hospitalized.

Correction: An earlier version described breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths as less than 1% of the state's recent totals. It's actually less than 1% of those overall totals throughout the pandemic.

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