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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 1,614 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths on Tuesday.
The rolling, seven-day average for positive tests is 1,520 per day, and the average positive rate rate of those tested is 16.8%, according to the Utah Department of Health.
School-age children accounted for 324 of the new cases — 155 cases were ages 5-10, 80 cases were 11-13, and 89 cases were 14-18, health officials said.
Health care workers have given 12,251 vaccine doses — including booster shots — since Monday's report, bringing total doses given in Utah to 3,689,812. Now 54.4% of all residents are vaccinated, as well as 67.3% of all residents ages 12 and older, state data shows.
In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have faced 16.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 10.7 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 5.4 times greater risk of testing positive than vaccinated people, state health officials said Tuesday.
Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have seen 8.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.4 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 3.8 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to the data.
Of the cases reported Tuesday, 515 — or about 32% — were considered "breakthrough," meaning they were patients who had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks before testing positive. The state confirmed 27 more breakthrough hospitalizations and two breakthrough deaths.
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 26,887 breakthrough cases in the 544,145 total positive cases since the pandemic began, or just under 5% of all cases. Utah health officials have also confirmed 1,310 total breakthrough hospitalizations and 177 total breakthrough deaths.
On Tuesday, 524 patients were hospitalized across the state with the coronavirus, one less than was reported the previous day.
The latest deaths include:
- A Tooele County man between the ages of 65 and 84, who was hospitalized at the time of his death.
- Two Washington County men, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Davis County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Morgan County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, not hospitalized.
- A Box Elder County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Weber County woman, 25-44, hospitalized.
- A Box Elder County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.