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Utah confirms 1,885 new COVID cases, 15 deaths Thursday

Vehicles line up outside of a COVID-19 testing site at the Mount Olympus Senior Center in Millcreek on Tuesday, Sept. 7,
2021. People wait approximately two hours to get tested.

Vehicles line up outside of a COVID-19 testing site at the Mount Olympus Senior Center in Millcreek on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. People wait approximately two hours to get tested. ( Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 1,885 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 436 were school-age children, according to a daily update provided by the Utah Department of Health.

The rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 1,675 per day, and the average percent positivity rate of those tested stands at 13.5%.

Health care workers administered 9,427 vaccines since Wednesday's report, bringing total vaccinations given in Utah to 3,366,292 doses.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have faced 5.3 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 6.8 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the coronavirus and 6 times greater risk of testing positive than vaccinated people, state health officials said in a statement.

Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have experienced 4.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.1 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the disease and 4.4 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, data shows.

Since vaccines became available beginning early this year, the state has confirmed 14,099 breakthrough cases, 752 breakthrough hospitalizations and 83 breakthrough deaths. Cases are counted as breakthrough if they were fully vaccinated more than two weeks before they tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Thursday, 582 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, an increase of 12 since the previous day. The state is now seeing among the highest daily counts of hospitalized coronavirus patients. Referral intensive care units that can treat the most seriously ill patients were 97% full with coronavirus patients and others; overall ICU use stood at 95.8%; and nonintensive units across the state were 63.6% full.

Two deaths reported Thursday occurred before September. The latest deaths:

  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44, not hospitalized.
  • A Davis County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, older than 85, not hospitalized.
  • A Davis County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Davis County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, long-term care facility resident.
  • A Beaver County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Davis County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Uintah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.

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