Utah confirms 1,130 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Tuesday

Utah National Guard Spc. Sam Sargent changes his top layer of gloves at a COVID-19 test site at the Utah State Fairpark
in Salt Lake City on May 17, 2021. Utah health officials confirmed 1,130 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Tuesday.

Utah National Guard Spc. Sam Sargent changes his top layer of gloves at a COVID-19 test site at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on May 17, 2021. Utah health officials confirmed 1,130 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Tuesday. ( Annie Barker, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 1,130 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Tuesday.

School-age children accounted for 209 of the latest cases, according to a daily update provided by the Utah Department of Health.

The rolling, seven-day average for new cases stands at 1,330, and the percent positive rate of those tested is 13.7%.

The number of vaccines given since Monday's report was not released by the health department due to a database error, health officials said.

According to the state health department, in the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have faced 5.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the disease, and 6.5 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 cases reported Tuesday, 414 were confirmed as "breakthrough," meaning they had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks ago. The state also confirmed 22 new breakthrough hospitalizations and one breakthrough deaths, according to the data.

Since vaccines became available to the public early this year, the state has confirmed 17,288 breakthrough cases, 887 breakthrough hospitalizations and 114 breakthrough deaths. Cases are counted as breakthroughs if patients were fully vaccinated more than two weeks before they tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, 581 patients were hospitalized in the state with the coronavirus, a decrease of five since the previous day.

The latest deaths include:

  • A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was not hospitalized when he died.
  • Two Utah County women, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • An Iron County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • An Emery County woman, 45-64, unknown hospitalization status.
  • A Utah County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Millard County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Box Elder County woman, 45-64, not hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.

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Ashley Imlay is an evening news manager for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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