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Utah confirms 3,300 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths since Friday

In this Jan. 15 photo, Dr. Yomaris Pena, Internal Medicine Physician with Somos Community Care at a COVID-19 extracts the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine out of a vial at a vaccination site at the Corsi Houses in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. On Monday, Utah health officials confirmed 3,300 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths since Friday.

In this Jan. 15 photo, Dr. Yomaris Pena, Internal Medicine Physician with Somos Community Care at a COVID-19 extracts the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine out of a vial at a vaccination site at the Corsi Houses in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. On Monday, Utah health officials confirmed 3,300 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths since Friday. (Mary Altaffer, Associated Press)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 3,300 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths since Friday.

A breakdown of each day's new cases:

  • Friday: 1,369
  • Saturday: 1,082
  • Sunday: 845

Four additional cases were added to the state's total from days before October, the Utah Department of Health noted.

School-age children account for 695 of the new cases, the health department said in a daily update.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,376 per day, and the percent positivity rate of those tested stands at 15.25%.

Health care workers administered an additional 28,706 vaccine doses since Friday's report, bringing total doses given in Utah to 3,507,331.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have seen 6.7 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19; 7.1 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the disease; and 6.4 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, the state health department said.

Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have experienced 4.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19; 4.8 times greater risk of being hospitalized; and 4.1 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, data show.

Of the 3,300 cases reported Monday, 721 were confirmed as "breakthrough" cases, meaning they had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks ago. The state also confirmed 35 new breakthrough hospitalizations and two breakthrough deaths, according to the data.

State health officials and doctors have noted receiving the vaccine does not mean someone will not contract the coronavirus, but in most cases it is protective against serious illness. The vaccine also does not cause a person to get COVID-19.

Since vaccines became available to the public early this year, the state has confirmed 19,047 breakthrough cases, 976 breakthrough hospitalizations and 125 breakthrough deaths.

On Monday, 549 were hospitalized with the coronavirus in Utah, a decrease of 31 patients hospitalized across Utah in Friday's report.

The latest deaths:

  • A Weber County woman between the ages of 45 and 64, who was hospitalized when she died
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 65-84, unknown hospitalization status
  • A Davis County man, 45-64, hospitalized
  • A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized
  • A Washington County man, 25-44, hospitalized
  • A Salt Lake County man, older than 85, long-term care facility resident
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized

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