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Utah confirms 3,176 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths since Friday

University of Utah freshman Daniel Wray swabs his nostril as he takes a rapid COVID-19 test at Rice-Eccles Stadium in
Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Utah health officials confirmed 3,176 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths over the weekend.

University of Utah freshman Daniel Wray swabs his nostril as he takes a rapid COVID-19 test at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Utah health officials confirmed 3,176 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths over the weekend. (Steve Griffin,Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 3,176 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths over the weekend.

Cases confirmed each day:

  • Friday: 1,359
  • Saturday: 1,030
  • Sunday: 796

Nine previously-reported cases were removed from the state's totals after data analysis.

School-age children account for 640 of the latest cases — 304 cases were ages 5-10, 149 cases were 11-13, and 187 were 14-18 , according to a daily update provided by the Utah Department of Health.

The rolling, seven-day average for positive tests is 1,359 per day, and the average percent positivity of those tested is 13.8%.

Health care workers administered 13,885 vaccine doses since Friday's report, bringing total doses given in Utah to 3,430,386.

Some areas of the state began launching their COVID-19 booster vaccine clinics for those who received their first two doses of the vaccine at least six months ago.

In Davis County, the local health department on Monday reopened its convenient drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington. The clinic is offering the Pfizer booster shot, as well as initial vaccine doses, to anyone who is eligible.

The booster is available now to Utahns 65 and older, residents in long-term care settings, people ages 18-64 with underlying medical conditions based on individual health benefits and risks, as well as people ages 18-64 "who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission," the Davis Health Department said in a news release.

This week, the clinic is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and doses are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at webportal.daviscountyutah.gov.

Trevor Warner, Davis County Health Department spokesman, said Monday's appointments filled quickly and those on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to fill as the word gets out.

He said he believes the majority of appointments are likely people getting booster shots — and the health department anticipates serving anyone from across the valley.

"I think it's something that we're expecting, people have a very high opinion of what we did the first time around for this clinic. They like the fact that they can stay in their cars and don't really have that much to do, because it's a fairly easy process, and so I'll assume that we'll see exactly what we did the first go-around there where we're getting people from other counties that come through," Warner said.

He said that's something the department doesn't mind, as it is there to help people — but they need to make an appointment.

The clinic previously closed during the summer on June 26. The reopening required a large hiring push, and this first week will be used as a training period.

But the clinic will likely administer between 800 and 1,200 shots per day this week. When the hours later get expanded as planned, they will have the capacity to give 1,500 to 1,800 shots per day, if all appointments get taken, Warner said.

Walgreens stores in Salt Lake are also now offering the booster shot for those eligible. The company urges patients to get their flu shots and booster shots at the same time, and walk-in appointments are available.

Appointments can also be scheduled at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine, or by calling 1-800-Walgreens.

According to the state health department, in the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have faced 5.5 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.8 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the disease, and 6.6 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Since Feb. 1, the unvaccinated have seen 4.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.0 times greater risk of being hospitalized, and 4.2 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, the data shows.

Of the 3,176 cases reported since Friday, 637 were "breakthrough," meaning they had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks ago. The state also confirmed 31 new breakthrough hospitalizations and six breakthrough death, according to the data.

Since vaccines became available to the public early this year, the state has confirmed 16,874 breakthrough cases, 865 breakthrough hospitalizations and 113 breakthrough deaths. Cases are counted as breakthroughs if patients were fully vaccinated more than two weeks before they tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Monday, 586 patients were hospitalized in the state with the coronavirus, a decrease of one since Friday.

The latest deaths include:

  • A Box Elder County woman, between the ages of 45 and 64, who was hospitalized when she died.
  • An Emery County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • Three Salt Lake County women, 65-84, two of whom were hospitalized and one who was not.
  • Three Salt Lake County men, older than 85, one of whom was in long-term care, one who was hospitalized, and one who was not hospitalized.
  • Three Salt Lake County men, 65-84, all hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Sanpete County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Tooele County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Uintah County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Uintah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, a long-term care facility resident.
  • A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • Two Utah County men, 65-84, both hospitalized.
  • A Utah County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.

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