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Utah confirms 4,366 new COVID-19 cases, 31 deaths over holiday weekend

COVID-19 testing at the Mount Olympus Senior Center parking lot in Millcreek on Oct. 5. On Tuesday, Utah health officials confirmed 4,366 new COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths since Friday.

COVID-19 testing at the Mount Olympus Senior Center parking lot in Millcreek on Oct. 5. On Tuesday, Utah health officials confirmed 4,366 new COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths since Friday. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 4,366 new COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths since Friday.

A breakdown of cases by day:

Friday: 1,244

Saturday: 860

Sunday: 1,221

Monday: 1,101

School-age children account for 924 of the cases — 481 cases were ages 5-10, 203 cases were 11-13, and 240 cases were 14-17, according to a daily update provided by the Utah Department of Health. Numbers were not reported on Monday due to state offices being closed for Indigenous People's Day and Columbus Day.

The rolling, seven-day average for positive tests is now 1,399 per day, and the percentage of people getting positive test results is 15.7%.

Health care workers administered another 27,173 vaccine doses since Friday's report, bringing total doses given in Utah to 3,575,508.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have experienced 14.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 11 times greater risk of being hospitalized, and 6.4 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, health officials noted.

Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated have had a 9.7 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the disease, and four times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Of the cases reported Tuesday, 1,198 were confirmed as "breakthrough" cases, meaning they had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks ago. The state also confirmed 55 new breakthrough hospitalizations and seven 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 21,804 breakthrough cases, 1,106 breakthrough hospitalizations and 143 breakthrough deaths.

On Tuesday, 598 patients were hospitalized in Utah with the coronavirus, an increase of 26 since Friday, marking one of the highest hospitalization counts the state has seen of COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic.

To date, 3,025 people have died due to COVID-19 in Utah. Intermountain Healthcare spokesman Jess Gomez said that Utah hitting 3,000 deaths due to the disease is "sobering."

The latest COVID-19 deaths include:

  • A Salt Lake County man between the ages of 45 and 64, who was not hospitalized when he died.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.
  • Two Salt Lake County men, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, older than 85, long-term care facility resident.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.
  • A Box Elder County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • A Davis County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • A Davis County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Davis County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Carbon County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • A Juab County woman, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.
  • Two Utah County men, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Cache County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • Two Weber County women, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A San Juan County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Sanpete County man, older than 85, not hospitalized.
  • A Sanpete County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • An Emery County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.

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