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Utah confirms 1,685 new COVID cases Wednesday, 6 deaths

A COVID-19 vaccination is given at Utah Valley University in Orem on Aug. 26. Utah health officials reported 1,685 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as well as six deaths.

A COVID-19 vaccination is given at Utah Valley University in Orem on Aug. 26. Utah health officials reported 1,685 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as well as six deaths. (Deseret News, Jeffrey D. Allred)



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 1,685 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as well as six deaths.

Schoolchildren accounted for 411 of the new cases —161 cases are children ages between the ages of 5 and 10, 105 cases are ages 11-13, and 145 are 14-18.

The new cases were confirmed out of 12,974 people tested, the Utah Department of Health said. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is now 1,289 per day, and the percent positivity rate of those tested is 14.5%.

Health care workers administered an additional 7,649 vaccines since Tuesday's report, bringing the total number of vaccines given in Utah to 3,263,857.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have been at 4.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.7 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and five times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, state health officials said.

Data also shows that since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated have been at 5.9 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.3 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 4.7 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

But there have been 10,631 cases, 591 hospitalizations and 54 deaths among those who were considered fully vaccinated — well under 1% of the state's overall cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Current coronavirus hospitalizations in the state stand at 489, with referral intensive care units that can treat the most serious patients 90.7% full. Total ICU usage is 88.3%, and overall hospital use throughout the state is 63.9%.

The latest COVID-19 deaths:

  • A Davis County woman, older than 85, who was not hospitalized when she died.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • Two Salt Lake County men, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said the new cases were confirmed out of 7,649 people tested but should have said 12,974 people. The version also 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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