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Data delay leads to 2,340 new COVID-19 cases reported in Utah Thursday

Melyn Henderson holds her son as he is tested for COVID-19 by Tiffanie Tabor at Cottonwood Heights City Hall parking lot on Sept. 30. Utah health officials confirmed 2,340 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Thursday.

Melyn Henderson holds her son as he is tested for COVID-19 by Tiffanie Tabor at Cottonwood Heights City Hall parking lot on Sept. 30. Utah health officials confirmed 2,340 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Thursday. (Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 2,340 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Thursday.

About 800 of the cases, however, were identified over the past week but had not yet been reported due to systemwide delays in laboratory reporting, the Utah Department of Health said in a statement.

School-age children accounted for 514 of the new cases — 270 cases were ages 5-10, 117 cases were ages 11-13, and 127 cases were 14-17, the health department said.

The rolling, seven-day average for positive tests is 1,381 per day, and the average percent positive rate of those tested is now 15.7%.

Health care workers administered 9,375 vaccine doses since Wednesday's report, bringing total vaccine doses given to 3,643,224.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have faced 15.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 10.6 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 5.6 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to the state data.

Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents in Utah have seen 8.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.5 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to the disease, and 3.9 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, health officials said.

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 25,051 breakthrough cases of the 537,376 total positive cases since the pandemic began, or just under 5% of all cases. Utah health officials have also confirmed 1,244 breakthrough hospitalizations and 171 breakthrough deaths.

On Thursday, 552 patients were hospitalized with the coronavirus across the state, an increase of 12 since the previous day.

The recent deaths include:

  • A Box Elder County man, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Carbon County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • Two Davis County women, 65-84, both hospitalized.
  • An Iron County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Utah County woman, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 25-44, hospitalized.

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