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Utah confirms 1,493 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths Friday

COVID-19 tests are processed at the Mount Olympus Senior Center parking lot in Millcreek on Oct. 5. Utah health officials confirmed 1,493 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as well as 17 deaths.

COVID-19 tests are processed at the Mount Olympus Senior Center parking lot in Millcreek on Oct. 5. Utah health officials confirmed 1,493 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as well as 17 deaths. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 1,493 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as well as 17 deaths.

School-age children accounted for 287 of the latest cases — 158 cases were ages 5-10, 61 cases were 11-13, and 68 cases were 14-17, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The rolling, seven-day average for positive tests is 1,288 per day, and average positive rate of those tested is 15.7%.

Health care workers administered 10,304 additional vaccine doses since Wednesday's report, bringing total doses given in Utah to 3,605,421.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have faced 12.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 11.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized, and 6.2 times greater risk of testing positive for the coronavirus than vaccinated people, according to state health data.

Since Feb. 1, people who are unvaccinated are at 8.9 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.7 times greater risk of being hospitalized, and four times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, state data shows.

Of the cases reported Friday, 432 were confirmed as "breakthrough" cases, meaning they had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks ago. The state also confirmed five new breakthrough hospitalizations and three 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 22,960 breakthrough cases, 1,143 breakthrough hospitalizations and 158 breakthrough deaths.

On Friday, 559 patients were hospitalized across Utah with the disease, a decrease of 14 since the previous day.

The latest deaths include:

  • A Uintah County man between the ages of 65 and 84, who was hospitalized when he died.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Kane County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Tooele County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Cache County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Kane County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County woman, 25-44, hospitalized.

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